Daughter’s rifle

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  1. Glenn Slaven

    Glenn Slaven SILVER SUPPORTER AH Veteran

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    My daughter (15 yoa) and I are going in 2020 for a 7 day safari with Kuche and a 10 day with Paw Prints, then a 3 day in Mauritius (for me) to get a Rusa. My daughter has sworn up and down all she would shoot is a zebra. She has never shot a rifle in her life. I was thinking my wife’s 7mm-08 loaded with 170 gr Nosler Partition and a can or my 7x57 (.275 Rigby for you upper crust guys) would be marginal, but enough to work....

    Took her shooting today, and started off with a internally suppressed .22 Alpine from PWS, then she shot a .22 Hornet. Shrugged and said it was fun...happy dad.

    Thought, what the hell, let her try a .308 with a muzzle brake. She didn’t want to do at first bc of the noise. I told her she wouldn’t hear it it she wore ear pro and actually shot it. She did, turned two big rocks to small rocks with two shots at 175 yards off of sticks. Turned to me and said “that’s not bad at all. It’s fun when you can hit stuff. You have anything bigger?” I feel stupid saying I was over joyed and so proud. When she said she would probably shoot more the just a zebra I was beside de myself. I have been told several times not to worry, she would shoot more than just one animal. I didn’t believe them, but I guess they were right.

    My wife said this may have become an expensive shooting trip with her. I say it’s money well spent.

    Tomorrow we try the .300 WM and 9.3x62.

    Sorry for the long post, jut wanted to brag a little and share my happiness with some other guys who may have been in the same boat as me.
     

  2. Mekaniks

    Mekaniks GOLD SUPPORTER AH Elite

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    Very Cool!
    For what its worth my son (age 13 at the time) and I hunted with Paw Prints in 2016 and my son used Pieter's .243 with very good success.
     
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    Well done, my two daughters (14 & 16) bother shot their first deer within the last year using my 7/08 and Barnes 110gr TTSX and Nosler 120gr BT. My 7/08 is suppressed which makes a big difference and helps reduce felt recoil.
     
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    I know EXACTLY how you feel!! My daughter loves to go hunting with Dad, and like me, she loves Africa. I was bursting with pride when she rolled her NT buffalo like a veteran!! I wish you and your daughter lots of successful hunting!! :)
     
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    You are so fortunate...the time spent with your daughter in Africa will remain in your memories forever...I am sure in hers also. Enjoy and take many photos
     
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    I think the 7-08 with partitions would be alright. Have you shot the 170's before? Many 7-08's can not handle anything higher than 150's due to the twist.

    Federal trophy bonded 140's would be an ok choice too.

    You are highly likely not to get an exit hole with any of these though. That's not necessarily a terrible thing as many standard cartridges may do the same thing. You would have someone with you capable of tracking an animal with minimal blood trails

    Good luck
     
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  7. Divernhunter

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    I started my daughter shooting a 22RF when she was 4.5 Years old. A bit later she was shooting my rifles even when they did not fit her. I bought her a 257R and got an extra stock which I cut down and put on a good recoil pad. Light handloads to shoot at the range and she was happy. She shot it so much she wore out the barrel so dad had a match grade SS barrel installed for her.
    Took her hunting before she could hunt herself and I shot a deer which she helped gut/skin. Her 6th grade teacher was unhappy when she proudly showed the photo around. Stupid libtard teacher.
    Forward a number of years and we went to Africa were she wanted ONE animal. She brought back 5 and the outfitter/PH/owner enjoyed her so much he had her shoot about 10 more at no charge. She has taken pigs and deer here in the usa with the rifle.

    Bottom line---She(or anyone) does not need a big cartridge to kill PG. The ability to place the shot accurately with good quality bullets(Swift, Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition are good) is the most important factor.
     

  8. Glenn Slaven

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    Just got back from shooting. She shot the R8 in .300 WM and said it was a “shock” but didn’t hurt and shot some more. Nailed a 6” rock every shot off the sticks approx 150 yards. Shot the R8 in 9.3x62 w ported barrel. She shot it and didn’t care for it. Said she could shoot it if she had to, but preferred the .300 WM. I don’t think I need to keep searching for a rifle for her.
     
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  9. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Outstanding Glenn!
    My youngest granddaughter told me she wants to go to Africa. I told her she had to shoot some animals here in the US first. Booked a cull mule deer doe hunt with Gizmo on AH last fall when she killed 2 using his 243. So I got her a Tikka in 7mm-08 for Christmas. Of course she needed to shoot something with it, so after practicing, we went back to Gizmo’s in January and she shot a Merino and a Corsican rams both over 150 yards off sticks. Like you, I was so proud! (see my reports on both hunts here on AH if interested)
    I have 2 30+ yo grandsons and have had son-in-laws, but I could never get them interested in hunting.
    So, we (granddaughter and I) have plans to go to Africa when she is 14 in 2020. I am thrilled!
    Congratulations to you and your daughter! You’ve got her doing excellent!
    We may see you at the PawPrints Limpopo Tent Camp in 2020.
     

  10. Glenn Slaven

    Glenn Slaven SILVER SUPPORTER AH Veteran

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    Outstanding and I hope we do. We will be there June 22-July 2.

    I would like her to shoot something here first, but I’m not gonna press my luck.
     

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