A Rifle for HER

Discussion in 'Firearms & Ammunition' started by EDELWEISS, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. gizmo

    gizmo AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2015 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2014
    Messages:
    6,206
    Video/Photo:
    1,258
    Likes Received:
    8,412
    Location:
    Texas
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, DSC Life Member, SCI Life Member, Exotic Wildlife Association, Texas Taxidermy Association Life Member, National Taxidermy Association, TTHA,DUCKS UNLIMITED
    Hunted:
    Romania, South Africa- Kalahari , Eastern Cape, USA, Fished Brazil, Mexico, USA
    Also just food for thought, no matter what side of the fence ones sits on I can foresee there being another panic and ammo shortage if Hillary gets elected which for now it looks like that's going to be reality. If and when that happens having an obscure or at least uncommon caliber will make it even more difficult to find ammo. Just advise and free advise at that, sticking with a main stream caliber may save some grief should the worst occur.
     
    lcq, Velo Dog and rinehart0050 like this.

  2. Art Lambart II

    Art Lambart II AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2015
    Messages:
    809
    Video/Photo:
    20
    Likes Received:
    972
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI, QDMA
    Hunted:
    MI, TX, MO, South Africa Limpopo & Northwest Provinces
    In your original post you where thinking about an Encore as a possible rifle for the bride, for a new hunter the Encore is an outstanding choice. I used mine on a PG hunt in SA and it was perfect, rapid follow up shots don't happen in the bush so a quick second shot isn't an issue, but the shorter overall length with a 24" barrel was very helpful. Hopefully things will workout with the wife's hunting and as she becomes more recoil tolerant for under $300 you can buy her a new barrel in a heavy caliber (the 35 Whelen is my favorite), if things don't work out you can buy yourself a new barrel in a heavy caliber and lost none of your initial investment. DSC_0024.JPG
     
    gizmo likes this.

  3. ActionBob

    ActionBob AH ENABLER SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,599
    Video/Photo:
    77
    Likes Received:
    5,211
    Location:
    Central Minnesota
    Member of:
    NRA life, DSC, SCI
    Hunted:
    Minnesota, Texas, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, British Columbia, Argentina, Kansas, Macedonia, Austria
    Any respectable gun shop should have at least a couple of each of those models in stock for her to hold up and try. But don't forget the scope! Gun fit is different once you get the scope mounted up! I suggest you find the best stocked full service shop you can, and get them to mount up a few scopes. Make arrangements to be there at a slower time for them so they can dedicate a guy or two to helping you and mount up different gun/scope combinations for her to try out.

    If you and more importantly she, can stand the looks, a Ruger Guide gun or **MENTIONING**LINKING**TO**FORUMS**NOT**PERMITTED** Scout rifle with the short barrel that is already threaded and comes with stock spacers to easily change length of pull, might just be the ticket. They are short but stout guns so not light to carry but that weight controls recoil so I would bet a 308 would be just fine for her, and a 7mm-08 or 6.5 Creedmoor would be hardly noticeable in the recoil department.

    Try a nice compact light weight scope such as a Swarovski Z3 in 3-9x 36 or the popular and economical Leupold VX3 in 2.5-8x32. There is something about that little Leupold that seems to make it easy to see through... good eye relief or something. A it is a very versatile optical range for most hunting.

    I'm of course a big fan of the Winchester M70 but have found that it just does not fit most women. And although it seems like a 308 might be first choice, and it's little brother the 7mm-08 second, I have to put in a plug for my favorite small caliber, the 6.5 Creedmoor. Scientifically modern design with almost no recoil but double the foot pounds of energy of a 243 at 500 yards. Inherently accurate and thus growing in popularity as a hunting cartrige and in the past few months a much larger supply as well as variety of factory ammo... But nothing wrong with the other cartridges mentioned and I do think a Ruger number one in 7x57 would be an outstanding, classy option, if it fits her. Very effective hunting cartridge but more limited in range.
     

  4. Mbizi Safaris

    Mbizi Safaris SPONSOR Since 2016 AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2015
    Messages:
    326
    Video/Photo:
    272
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Zambia
    Hunted:
    Zambia Zimbabwe Tanzania RSA Cameroon Namibia Gunea Bissau
    Totally agree with you, a 7x57 or 275 Rigby it's nice rifle for a lady...

    Cheers,
    M
     

  5. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    4,568
    Video/Photo:
    22
    Likes Received:
    3,647
    Location:
    Grosse Ile, Michigan
    Member of:
    NRA
    Hunted:
    Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
    I own at least a dozen 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mausers. My plan is to give each of my grandchildren one when they become of age. Several years ago I had one (that had been partially sporterized by Hack & Slash gunworks) cut down and fitted with a muzzle break. This "kid's "gun will be available to all of the grandkids when they start hunting at the age of 10 (accompanied by an adult of course.) Factory loads will be used. The Swede can also be safely hand loaded to 2750 -2800 fps with 140 Gr. bullets for larger animals. I've taken several larger hogs in the 250 lb range and lots of Northern White Tails with mine.
     

  6. EDELWEISS

    EDELWEISS AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    190
    Location:
    MARYLAND
    Hunted:
    US, Canada, Middle East(does that count)
    I sorta fell in love with this one. We'll see how she likes it.
    upload_2016-10-12_21-47-38.png
    I picked up a 308 and 7-08 barrel for her. She wanted wood not plastic and that's some nice wood for sure. Ive got a Trijicon Accupoint 1-4x24 enroute. I'm having a Gemtech QD mount installed for a HVT suppressor.
     

  7. Art Lambart II

    Art Lambart II AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2015
    Messages:
    809
    Video/Photo:
    20
    Likes Received:
    972
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI, QDMA
    Hunted:
    MI, TX, MO, South Africa Limpopo & Northwest Provinces
    Nice rifle but are you sure it's for her.
     

  8. EDELWEISS

    EDELWEISS AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    190
    Location:
    MARYLAND
    Hunted:
    US, Canada, Middle East(does that count)
    Hahaha--well, errrr as it turns out the Model 700 I was gonna turn into a Tactical/Hunter isn't gonna get the folding stock any more..... She likes that and I'm gonna get the Encore. Dont'ya just love it when it all works out???
     

  9. Art Lambart II

    Art Lambart II AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2015
    Messages:
    809
    Video/Photo:
    20
    Likes Received:
    972
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, SCI, QDMA
    Hunted:
    MI, TX, MO, South Africa Limpopo & Northwest Provinces
    Now that the Encore is yours buy a 35 Whelen barrel for it and hunt everything from Eland to Duiker and never fell under or over gunned while doing it.
     
    Velo Dog likes this.

  10. EDELWEISS

    EDELWEISS AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    190
    Location:
    MARYLAND
    Hunted:
    US, Canada, Middle East(does that count)
    Sooooo 3 or was it 4 rifles later Rem Mod 7, Encore, Rem 700, Tikka, we decided on a Savage Lady Hunter in 7mm08. (Oh my what will I do with those extra rifles :whistle::ROFLMAO::eek:)
    There were some "issues" with her seeing through the scope. I finally realized the "regular" rifles didnt have a high enough cheek piece. We had some success using the Rem/AAC Model 7 in 300Blkout, by raising the cheekpiece all the way up. I thought I was gonna need some kind of riser, then I found the Lady Hunter. OMG it fit her like a glove.

    Im a bit of a rifle snob; but Savage got the Lady Hunter RIGHT. Its NOT a youth gun or a shortened man's rifle; its purpose built for women. The cheek piece is higher and sloped to reduce felt recoil. The grip is even thinner and the gun is light without being too light. 7mm08 seemed like a good balance for anything shes likely to be shooting before we go back to Afrika for Dangerous Game.

    To have a scope on it for an unexpected range day, I threw a Redfield 2-7x on it, fully intending to put something better on it. FIRST she likes it so I dont want to try to talk her out of it, until I can show her better stuff and SECOND shes shooting Sub MOA with bargain ammo and a rest--and MOA off the bench!

    Im gonna have to seriously think about reloading--her shooting is getting expensive; but I guess I cant explain I fired close to 100 rnds of 470NE to get ready for the Lion hunt....





    ******shes had a few fail to load fro the mag BECAUSE shes pulling the bolt back far enough to eject but not far enough to catch the next round. Today we practiced pulling the bolt back to it stopped.
     
    rinehart0050 and Sand Rat like this.

  11. Ray B

    Ray B AH Elite

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2016
    Messages:
    1,269
    Video/Photo:
    17
    Likes Received:
    1,010
    Location:
    WA St, USA
    I haven't bought a new gun in years, but I do see a lot of new manufactured guns as part of being a hunter education instructor and for current production, Savage is very good. Sounds like she'll do well. In the event you decide to pass on the reloading, there is a good market for once-fired 7-08 brass.
     

  12. Sand Rat

    Sand Rat AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    727
    Video/Photo:
    110
    Likes Received:
    950
    Location:
    Texas and Saudi Arabia
    Hunted:
    Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, Botswana, Eastern Cape
    Great choice, that's what I bought for my wife four years ago and she's deadly with it on whitetails.
     

  13. James Cook

    James Cook AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2016
    Messages:
    147
    Video/Photo:
    26
    Likes Received:
    128
    Member of:
    Dallas Safari Club, NRA Life, B.A.S.S., Ducks Unlimted
    Hunted:
    Namibia, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, U.S. - LA, TX, OK, AR, AL, SC, GA, KS
    243 will do the job if the shot is well placed and has minimum recoil. 7x57 has more knock down power and not much more recoil.
     

  14. wesheltonj

    wesheltonj AH Elite

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,814
    Video/Photo:
    11
    Likes Received:
    1,528
    Location:
    South Texas
    Member of:
    Benefactor-Life NRA, DSC, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA, RSA
    Well the perfect set up for hogs is a 308 Win with sub-sonic ammo and a suppressor. Does not matter if in an AR platform or an a regular old stock. Just gets the job done.
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice