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Gun choice. 10 yr.old daughters

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I've been taking my twin 10 year old daughters deer hunting the last couple of years. I haven't let them shoot yet. I never told them they couldn't shoot either. 2 days ago, one of told me she wanted a gun. (makes a father proud) I had already been thinking about that for the last couple of years I told her. Everybody says 243. Some say 7mm 08. It's not the kick on the shoulder I'm worried about, its the scope on the eye. I'm scared to death of it hurting them. Does anyone have suggestions. Or stories, good and bad.
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kick
the more kick the more chance it has of hitting her eye... i would let her shoot a 22 a bit and get her used to her and then move her up. Once she is used to it u wont have that issue, but if u just throw a high powered rifle in her hand to shoot at a deer i could see it happening.... .243 is prolly a good fit
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Gun
44mag, 357, 7mm08, 243. Either of those rounds would be good. Just depends on how far she will be shooting. Wouldn't trust the 44 or 357 out too far.
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either or
The .243 and 7mm08 are both perfect, I have both in youth models, I have a Rossi single shot in .243 for my wife, and i recently acquired in a trade a New England Arms handy rifle in 7mm08, Both are great guns for women and children. Only drawback I find with the 08 is it's very popular and ammo is getting scarce and hard to come by.
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one more thing
Forget to mention, get a quallity scope with good eye relief so she wont have to get so close to scope. I love Leopold scopes, and have them on all my rifles. For my wife who only hunts twice a year with me, I couldnt justify the 600 bucks for a leupold, so I got her a 3-9x50 Pentex Gameseeker, they can be found all over for under $200, and are great scopes. I put side by side my vari xiii and clarity is pretty close to equal. They also have the no questions lifetime gaurantee like leupold and nikon.
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Gun
My kids use an H&R 44mag and there is zero recoil. Rounds are cheap also.
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243
I started both my kids on a handi rifle in 243. Has been a good gun for them doesnt kick too much. If you teach them a good cheek weld on the stock then the scope hitting should not be a problem----also you could add a slip in gun pad for them to use on it in addition to the one that comes on the stock. I added one of those to a 20 guage and it helped them shoot the shotgun better. I never had one in 243 before that youth rifle but it drops deer with no problem using 100 grain corelocts.
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