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I am planning on surprising the wife with a rifle for xmas or her birthday next month. I know I am running out of time and this will probably be a xmas eve purchase If I try for xmas. :shock:

These are the 4 calibers I am down to. I have a good idea of the one I want to get but I want to solicit some opinions from you experts out there on which caliber you think is the best out of these 4. She is pretty stout and can handle my 300 win mag ok. But I want to make sure she is as comfortable and accurate as possible.
 

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Remington Model 700 .270 WIN

Stick a decent scope on there and she'll be able to shoot anything from 110-120gr reduced recoil loads to 150-160gr. Elk slayers. Doesn't get much more versatile than that, IMO.
 

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I would of said the .25-06 until you said elk.

Now I would go with the .270.
 

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I think all of the calibers listed will do everything you want on deer and elk out to a certain range. I was recently down the same road you are with buying a rifle for my wife... First, I bought a Tikka T3 270 WSM that I put a muzzle brake and recoil pad on and the recoil was very very mild. The gun itself was just a little too long and bulky for her, so I went and got a Savage .243 for her that fits her small frame a lot better.

Moral of the story, I would not be so worried about which of the calibers listed, but the overall fit of the rifle. I know a lot of people would never dream of shooting an elk with a .243, but I am not one of them!! ;-)
 

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I'm trying to figure out how you summoned the courage to refer to your wife as stout on a public forum..You are a brave man!! Now back to the question lol, of those 4 I would go .270 but I would toss into the mix a Savage 111 6.5x284. Recoil is lower than a .270 but it can do everything a .270 can up to 140gr bullets and if shooting beyond 300-400 it will out perform the .270 hands down.
 

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I'm trying to figure out how you summoned the courage to refer to your wife as stout on a public forum..You are a brave man!!
I had this exact same thought but figured it could have been worse...
 

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Talk about an "oh ****" moment. I was pretty sure stout meant sturdy or of strong body but you guys got me thinking. I looked it up and uhhh??? Uh oh? Ya lots of heavy set or even worse.... fat references. I did find the definition I was looking for eventually. Honey if your lurking on here remember I meant strong of body by this term; and oh ya your present is no longer a surprise :D
 

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I've been mighty impressed with my 15 year old boys 7mm08... so far, he has tipped over 3 cow elk, 3 antelope and 1 deer (his other deer have been with a ML). Its pleasant to shoot and on animal performance has been great.

-DallanC
 

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I was going to go with the 7mm-08 or .270 but now I think you should really just forget about the caliber and focus a single shot or something with long slow action that takes plenty of time to load.:)
 
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Of those choices, .270. But if you're going with short action, why not a .308? It is superior to all of the other choices in just about every way you can look at it.
 

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Of those choices, .270. But if you're going with short action, why not a .308? It is superior to all of the other choices in just about every way you can look at it.
I agree!!!! I have a special place in my heart for the 308 and my wife knows it. If I buy her that she will know I had alternate motives for this purchase. ;-)
 

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270 And if she ask how she looks holding it don't say stout.:shock: It could be loaded. Sounds like she getting great Christmas present.
 

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Of the 4 calibers you mentioned I would go with a 270 for deer and elk.

Mrs Goob used a .270 back in the day and was very proficient with it uh....considering she always closed her eyes when she pulled the trigger.

 

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It goes without saying that women don't get caught up in that "my Dad can beat up yer Dad" nonsense so make sure the stock is wood, nice-lookin' wood.

Trust me, I know little about guns but a lot about women.

 

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It goes without saying that women don't get caught up in that "my Dad can beat up yer Dad" nonsense so make sure the stock is wood, nice-lookin' wood.

Trust me, I know little about guns but a lot about women.
First we got a guy callin his wife "stout", now we got a guy claim to know a "lot" about women...hum, I am thinking both you fellers need to be heading down to Jared's and hope it works.
 

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First we got a guy callin his wife "stout", now we got a guy claim to know a "lot" about women...hum, I am thinking both you fellers need to be heading down to Jared's and hope it works.
Just make sure you don't go to Jihad's...
 
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