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Someone earlier pointed out the availability of factory ammo. 

I was thinking, I hope she has this rifle long after I am dead and gone and that might be a big thing. I can load for her now but at some point probably not. 

That's where the .308 idea came from. 

I have shot a few prairie dogs and one coyote with a .308. They seemed to die just fine. I have an abundance of .308 165 grain Matchkings. They are pretty accurate in my .308. They might be a little heavy for prairie dogs.  

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Nice to see the 'hit' when PD hunting.  308 recoils too much and isn't pleasant for woman to shoot 100+ rounds.  
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Yeah Good point Bear. I guess I could buy hher a new rifle for hunting big game and let her use something I have for prairie dogs. 

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I figure this way.  we shoot/hunt more varmints than big game.  so PD rifle that 'can' be used for antelope/deer seems best bet.
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Good selections all!....AR-10 platform right? Can get an upper in every caliber mentioned, ergonomic, etc. Versatile and can go all the way up to the 500 automax…..for bears and such.


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Originally posted by Wing master Wing master wrote:

I live in Wyoming. She will probably be hunting antelope,mule deer, and elk. I do handload. For some reason, I like the less popular calibers. 
.243 would be a good choice, but 3/4 of all the kids around here start with a .243. .260 would be a great choice. 
I'm still undecided. 
 
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Wm, Don't worry so much about the caliber/cartridge. Concentrate on the rifle first.
 
#1 get her one that fits!!!
As she grows can the stock be lengthened?
My son is grown and still shoots his "kids" shotgun and air rifle with the stocks lengthened.
If stock can't be lengthened do you plan to restock it, sell it or keep it as kids rifle.
 
Better to work thru these items, then decide on a cartridge.
 
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If plan is to sell it, a 243W would be a good choice since its popular.
If plan is to grow the rifle with her, a 308 or 270 would be a good choice starting her off with reduced loads.  And you may not be around to reload for it the rest of her life so these can easily found in  factory ammo, too.
If plan is to keep as kids rifle for another kid, reload your favorite.
 
 
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Good advice Ray. 

I'm hoping to give her a rifle that she will keep and hunt with for many years after I am gone. 

I could find a rifle with a full length stock and then find a stock to cut down to fit her. That way when she grows up she will have an original rifle. 

I'm thinking Remington 700 take off stocks should be plentiful. 

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lots of 700 stocks, take offs.
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