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Old 01-06-2012, 08:27 AM
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Take a look at the Ruger Hawkeye Compact in 7mm-08 or 260 Rem. For a milder load same rifle in 6.8SPC or 7.62x39.


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Old 01-06-2012, 09:01 AM
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Its not a bolt gun but the Marlin 336 in 30/30 has killed a deer or two.

Ruger carbine in .44 magnum is another nifty little gun.

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Old 01-06-2012, 09:19 AM
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Its not a bolt gun but the Marlin 336 in 30/30 has killed a deer or two.

Ruger carbine in .44 magnum is another nifty little gun.

And your reasoning behind a levergun?? When ACCURACY neck shots, is a primary concern?

Borrowed a Ruger 44mag years ago when she was gun shopping before the Mini 30. Most unpleasant recoil (sharp jab) either of us had ever experienced,, No Thanks.

Neither of us are beginners at this shooting stuff, whatever she chooses will have a diet of handloads. Factory ammo isn't even a consideration.

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:27 AM
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I gotta put in a vote for the .243 I can't say I've ever had a deer walk away from me with it. it's taken everything from prairie dogs to mulies with regularity.

That being said, I had a chance to shoot one of the 6.5 swedes. very nice, and a bit larger to boot for heavier game. Might pick one up just for fun sometime soon.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:55 AM
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And your reasoning behind a levergun?? When ACCURACY neck shots, is a primary concern?
My experience with Marlin lever actions has been consistently excellent for 40+ years. I have several in .30-30, one in .35 rem and one in .45-70
With handloads, all but one will shoot into 1 to 1-and-a-half MOA....the other (.30-30 with badly pitted barrel I bought for $100) will hold 2 MOA.....more than enough for hunting. All have taken deer. Marlin makes a "youth" size 336 in .30-30.....shorter length of pull with 16 or 18 inch barrel....very nice.

Still, if lever actions are not your thing, 7.62x39 CZ 527's, Ruger 77's, & Savage's are all available, (Rem 799's, of which a few are still floating around new-in-box) & are all good bolt guns that will do the job....the Savage is the only one I haven't shot, but hear good things about them. In the 10 years I've had my Ruger 77, 4 deer were taken with neck shots from 38 to 107 yds ...3 more with heart/lung shots. All using crappy/inconsistent Wolf 154 gr. ammo that typically shoots into two-and-a-half MOA. Fortunately no messed up shots....and even if that had been the case, it would not have been a failing of the rifle. The CZ 527 might be the one with the length of pull closest to what you want.

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:17 PM
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The 7.62 guns interest me, but she's wanting to step up a bit in power as well. If I ever find a lefty 7.62 I'll probably buy it for myself a handloading project gun.

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:23 PM
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The 7.62 guns interest me, but she's wanting to step up a bit in power as well. If I ever find a lefty 7.62 I'll probably buy it for myself a handloading project gun.

Bob
Not sure what you're loading in the 7.62x39.....but if it's a 125gr, then loading a 150 gr at around 45,000 psi is a step up:

http://www.leverguns.com/articles/paco/762x39.htm

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:43 PM
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And your reasoning behind a levergun?? When ACCURACY neck shots, is a primary concern?

Borrowed a Ruger 44mag years ago when she was gun shopping before the Mini 30. Most unpleasant recoil (sharp jab) either of us had ever experienced,, No Thanks.

Neither of us are beginners at this shooting stuff, whatever she chooses will have a diet of handloads. Factory ammo isn't even a consideration.

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LOL, something tells me your wife is not the problem.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:00 PM
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LOL, something tells me your wife is not the problem.
I'm sorry, what do you perceive as "the problem"?

I asked for recommendations for bolt guns specifically. When hi-power matches begin to be won consistently with anything other than bolts (yes I'm aware of modern AR type guns, just not interested.) we might look elsewhere.

In this small community, I'm considered a "gun expert", folks stop by to ask for an opinion on guns, prices, calibers, etc. If I have questions I usually ask them here. Wife's an RN and fully aware of my firearms knowledge. She trusts me to help her pick a firearm, I trust her to suggest health related matters.

Calabrian, new gun, same caliber? What fun is that?

The Tikka brand doesn't seem very common in this area, would love to examine that one.

Bob

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:30 PM
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Accuracy; this is her #1 concern in a new firearm

Lightweight; #2 as she can't handle a fullsize manly gun.

Lethality; No wimpy cartridges.

Manageable recoil; She will never do a great amount of target/paper shooting, so can handle moderate recoil, but will quit before being punished.



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Also, what brands of rifles should I be looking for? While price IS an object, it doesn't have to be bottom of the heap.
Bob

Very similar in size, but lighter and I'll bet more accurate that the mini 30 she's been using.
13.5" LOP

http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-527-carbine/

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...arrel+%26+Waln

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:32 PM
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The good thing is that with 5'-" arms, she doesn't have to worry about LOP.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:48 PM
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There are several great choices in rifles for women of smaller stature. If looking new try the Remington model seven. It also comes in a youth model, also the Remington 700 SPS that comes in a youth model, both have hinged floorplates. The Ruger compact hawkeye would also be ideal. You might also find a new old stock A-bolt micro. Then there is the CZ carbine.....
If you are willing to look at a used rifle the 600 and 660 Remington are both great compact rifles and Remington also made the 788 in a carbine.
Any of the short action calibers from 7mm-08 down to the .243 would be ideal.
Not to be a smarty pants, but lethality is not much of an issue with a neck shot.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:19 PM
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My vote is for a Browning A-bolt .25WSSM and if that's to pricey go for the Winchester Coyote in same caliber. This meets all your criteriea, plenty of knockdown power, moderate recoil, very accurite, short action, light wieght, bolt action, only drawback is finding ammo, and you say she will be shooting handloads only anyway.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:20 PM
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Steve; pay back's a biach.

The CZ would be of interest, but a change of caliber is certain and not interested in a a 22.

The short mag 25 does have some appeal.

Tengage; you know that, I know that, but no need to confuse her with facts!

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:26 PM
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I'm looking forward to hearing about what comes back from the gunshow with you.
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