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Is there a center fire rifle that kicks less than a .410 shotgun?

I have a daughter that is 5' tall and weights 87pounds. I bought a youth Rossi .410 single shot with a composite stock and it kicks too much for her. She was using this for Deer hunting with a slug. Is there any center fire rifle that will kick less and still be effective for deer?

Asked By: Marty From The Big ER - 12/23/2009
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My now 12 year old son was about that size when we got him started on a 243 WIn. While the 243 isn't the ideal deer cartridge it can get the job done well under controlled conditions. Use a 95-105 grain quality bullet (doesn't HAVE to be a premium load,but bonded core at least) and limit the range to use it to 200... More
Answered By: falconry2 - 12/23/2009
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ive used an sks for deer hunting before, but if shes having a hard time handling a 410, then theres not too much out there that would be sufficient, have you tried using a recoil pad on the stock? i had one of those on a 12 gauge for my exgf and she was maybe 15 pounds heavier then your daughter at the same height, it... More
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Answered By: ron z - 12/23/2009
 
Let her try the 243 Winchester.* It has Mild Recoil.* Or the 223 if your allowed to use it for Hunting Deer in your State.*
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Answered By: dca2003311@yahoo.com - 12/23/2009
 
Depends on what her recoil tolerance is. I'm 5' and about 115 lbs (not much of a weight difference between your daughter and me) and I can easily handle a .308, but that's from working my way up gradually. So, do you have a 20 ga, .223 and a .243 that you could let her shoot? (not necessarily your firearms, could be a... More
Answered By: Annie Oakleaf - 12/23/2009
 
I wouldn't trust much smaller than that for taking down a deer. My first couple times shooting a .45 I thought the darned thing was going to jump out of my hand. Now it's one of my favorite guns. It's just something you get used to. Or you develop a flinch and spend years trying to get over it.
Answered By: Jennifer - 12/23/2009
 
.243 Win. Get a "Past Pad" for her to wear. It will cut the felt recoil way down. I used to use one on 12 gauges for my wife where she had a hard time with recoil. It will make a 30-06 feel like a .223 in recoil... More
Answered By: the long shot - 12/23/2009
 
There are a lot of things you can do here. You could get a 243 or even a 270 but in a semi auto. That alone will cut down the recoil because a lot of the gasses are used in making the action work instead of going into the gun as recoil. You could also put on a muzzle break and a recoil pad. That should make it really... More
Answered By: Justin - 12/23/2009
 
It may not be legal for deer hunting, but a .223 has less recoil. My 7 year old nephew shoots my son's AR-15 without a problem. My oldest son was shooting at deer when he was 9 with a .243 Win. A .30-30 would be light on recoil too. How old is she? Is she holding it correctly? Tight against the shoulder, cheek... More
Answered By: mack_9 - 12/23/2009
 
.357 magnum in a lever action rifle, a 7.63x39, a .243 Win. Remington offers their Managed Recoil line of ammunition which delivers 50% less recoil than standard loads. It's available in several calibers and shot gun slug loads. http://www.remington.com
Answered By: joed - 12/23/2009
 
I think the kick from that gun is much different than any other shotgun when teamed with a slug. The gun is very light and seems to have more of a snap. You may be surprised, but a 12 ga. and a recoil pad "feels" much different. I... More
Answered By: Bret C - 12/23/2009
 
.243 Win.
Answered By: Nick - 12/23/2009
 
I am not surprised at all. The reason she can't handle the Rossi is because of its light weight. A heavy gun produces far less felt recoil... More
Answered By: pagamenews - 12/23/2009
 
Marty... More
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Answered By: Shogun - 12/23/2009
 
Lots of good suggestions, but I don't like the smaller bullet ideas, a crippled animal can make a non hunter out of your daughter faster than anything. My suggestion would be to get an old 30-30, put a 4x scope on it, and limit her shots to 100 yards until she gets some experience under her belt. If you can find a... More
Answered By: joda_68 - 12/23/2009
 
In my opinion the SKS in 7.62x39mm is the lightest recoiling rifle I've ever fired. an additional AK74 style muzzle brake further helps reduces felt recoil. Its legal for deer in most states and similar to the 30-30 Winchester in terms of power and range... More
Answered By: ishootbirds2 - 12/24/2009
 
instead of getting a new gun, you can buy a winchester limbsaver recoil pad to put on the .410, bought one at walmart the other day for a .308 and it kicks hardly at all!!!
Answered By: huntingfishing - 12/24/2009
 
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