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    Low recoil deer cartridge

    Looking for opinions on a low recoil deer cartridge for women and children. Considering 243, 25-06, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, 308 or 30-06 with reduced loads with 125 grain accubond or similar. Or open to others. Never had any experience with small bore or reduced loads for deer. What say you?
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    I know a few guys here in northeast Indiana who are having great success out to 150 yards with a .357 Mag. carbine/rifle. My Marlin 1894C has the kick of a kitten.
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    250 Savage is the best in that application IMO. 6mm rem 243 30/30 257 roberts are all good too.
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    I have the 6.5 Creedmoor I used for the first time this year. A 127 gr barnes copper with 44grns. of super performance powder and cci 200 primer in a Starline case worked very well for me. Moderate recoil, flat shooting, good range and very effective on deer.
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    My 3 boys started out with 100g .243 and 125g 30-30. Both worked well on deer and was easy on their shoulder. 7mm08 has a little less recoil than the 308 and even less if you go with lower recoil ammo. I have a Remington Model 7 in .243 for my grandkids when they start hunting, but would’ve rather had a 7mm08 with low recoil ammo. It was to good of a deal to pass on when I bought it.
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    Recoil is somewhat subjective but my 45-70s with trapdoor level loads kicks less than my 243.

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    I would prefer staying with 7mm or larger, especially with larger bodied deer. Your kids won’t notice recoil when shooting game. There are ways to reduce recoil when practicing at the range. I started my 8 year old grandson out with a CZ carbine in 7.62x39. He shot two does last year and a buck this year with it. I keep the range on the hunt to 75 yards or less. He has since shot a couple of armadillos with a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. He seems to like the increased recoil of the 44 mag.
    Even kids and women react to and tolerate different levels of recoil. It takes some range time to figure that out. I think the most important thing in making future hunters is to put them in a position to succeed, by keeping shots on game close and plenty of practice beforehand. So I guess I am not in favor of smaller bore and light bullets.

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    The cartridge and bullet weight are only 1/2 the factor of recoil. The weight of the rifle is the other. Rifles for women and kids tend to be on the light side, the most comfortable to them. So going by that the 243- to - 25cals in 257 class would be the cartridges you just need to pick the right rifle to use them. There are also the various 6.5mm to 30 cal cartridges that are adapted to ARs that are light in
    recoil dept. My worst kicking rifle is a pre64 M70fw in 308, it puts a 375H&H Sako Finbear to shame.
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    I brought my daughter up on a longer barrrel 30-30 using 150 grain bullets and she did well with it. My son got his first deer with a 303 Lee Enfield. My daughter has now moved up to a 300 Savage bolt. My grandson got his first deer with a 243. As I do not like recoil I find the 6.5 CM to be a good rifle and it is not bad in my Savage Axis. If an indivdiual was really recoil shy they make 2 loads for a 223 that are supposed to be pretty effective, the Federal Fusion and the Barnes monolithic bullets. I have not seen those work but if I were to use the 243 again I would go with the Barnes. Made a mistake and shot at one running with a 243 and lost him but just broke a leg. Those that use the Barnes copper bullets like them.

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