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Old May 19th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #16
 
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A bolt action the most reliable as for calibers I would say .225/5.56 or .243 Win. I good budget priced rifle to me is a Savage 110,111 116 series or Howa 1500, Ruger Hawkeye M77 or traditional older Ruger M77, Remington 700, Winchester Model 70 good luck!!!



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Here is a youth model in a CZ that would be a damn fine & accurate rifle for a small framed woman. My wife is 5 foot tall and the CZ youth models fit her to a tee. Yeah its $600. But if she can learn to shoot,, nobody will be out doing her at the range with a CZ. They are tack drivers.


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Here is a youth model in a CZ that would be a damn fine & accurate rifle for a small framed woman. My wife is 5 foot tall and the CZ youth models fit her to a tee. Yeah its $600. But if she can learn to shoot,, nobody will be out doing her at the range with a CZ. They are tack drivers.


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I have to agree. I have the 527 carbine in 7.62x39. It is very high quality, and amazingly accurate.
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I'm going to step out of line here and suggest a No.1 if budget allows,though bolts are wonderful. The cartridge choice would be either the .204 or the .223 for availability and price.
What is the matter with a .22 LR bolt or Single shot?

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Agree with all the above. 223 bolt action rifle is the way to go. As for a recommended brand/model I'd go with either Ruger or CZ but that's just personal preference more than anything else. There are a lot of decent rifles out there. My buddy just bought a Mossberg Predator 223 and it has a fluted barrel, laminate stock and uses AR magazines. Pretty cool rifle for about $350.
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I'm going to step out of line here and suggest a No.1 if budget allows,though bolts are wonderful. The cartridge choice would be either the .204 or the .223 for availability and price.
What is the matter with a .22 LR bolt or Single shot?
The 100 yards is the issue there.

The Savage Axis is a surprisingly accurate rifle for cheap. Had one in 308 that was 1 MOA or better with the cheapest Federal ammo you could get (red box at Walmart). I would go 223 over 204 or 22-250, it is easier to get ammo for and much cheaper.
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I'm going to agree with a bolt action .223
Very little recoil and inexpensive/plentiful ammo.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Sounds like a good 223 is the way to go. Definitely staying away from semi auto ammo eaters.

I've seriously entertained a rimfire rifle, but would like to reload. Her boyfriend is reloading the Creedmoore so he can reload some 223 too!
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Since you reload I will make another suggestion the .22 Hornet no recoil, mild report at the muzzle, plenty of gun for 100 yd shooting and about 700 loads per pound of powder and lots of bullet choices if you're not using a lever rifle.
I have 2 one is an M77 the other is a No.1 both fun to shoot and sub MOA. Hornady makes the brass.

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If you are considering the .223, I would recommend the Ruger American Predator in .223. The longer and heavier barrel will reduce felt recoil, and the threaded end allows for easy attachment of a muzzle brake.

She might even be able to enjoy the 6.5 Creedmoor if a muzzle brake was installed. A muzzle brake reduced a lot of the felt recoil on my Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor.

The American Ranch offers a 5.56 which is really nice because you can shoot the much cheaper military ammo, and it is also threaded for a muzzle brake.

The threading also works well for the future possibility of mounting a suppressor.
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When did the 22-250 fall into the "exotics" category.........Really?

Barrel life............my V/T is 26 years old and shots like new.......I couldn't even guess as to how many rounds have been down the tube. Barrel life has a lot, (not all) to do with shot succession and improper cleaning practices.

The 223 is a greet round but my 204 and 22-250 will out shot my 223.............go figure.



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I guess I'll agree with everybody else and suggest a .223.

However, when I taught my own sons to shoot, it was with a lever action .357/.38. When I went to the range today, that was the only long gun I took. I don't scope mine, as I like shooting iron sights.
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