What rife caliber for a 10 yr girl for elk

TN2shot07

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I can’t speak for a 10 year old girl specifically, but just did this shopping for my girlfriend. Once we found a Camilla to hold nothing else was even close in fitting her. We ended up with a 6.5 because it’s what they had and quite a delay on a 7-08. I’d highly recommend based on what I’ve seen so far.
 

HuntingJudge

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my daughter is 15 now but started hunting when she was 11. she loves her .308 with a reduced recoil load. she has shot that fine since the start.
 

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Hard to beat a 270 win. for an all around gun she can use the rest of her life
Yep, crazy how everything gets so convoluted and people leave what actually works and has worked for decades.

Hopefully folks that are getting pre-teen kids on big game are starting them on small game, squirrels and hares.
The best way to get a new hunter comfortable under the gun is with small game.
 

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Maybe I'm biased because I have four adult daughters (two hunt) and my .270 is a 1960s Model 70 Featherweight but there is no way I would put a 10 year old behind a 270 when her only experience is a .22.

"Yes, teacher that is called a scope bite. My shoulder looks worse but my parents really don't hit me, I've been practicing for elk season"
Just the muzzle blast will could set her back a year or two.

Get a .243 or maybe a 07-08, get close and kill an elk. She'll enjoy bow season more anyway.

She's probably going to have three different cars before she's 21 so why lock her in on the first rifle.
 

hereinaz

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.223 with 77 grain Sierra tipped match kings. There is a whole thread of men and women killing deer, bear, elk, and moose.

It's more about the rifle fit, bullet and shot placement. That's why a .243 is a sinple choice as well.

Don't over think it. .270 might work, but it is far more than you need.
 

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I have a very petite daughter and bought her a marlin youth XS7 .243. I already had a savage 93r17 17hmr and they are extremely similar in fit and both have the accutrigger. we practiced alot in the garage with a pellet gun for different shooting positions, trigger control ect. then shot alot with the 17 hmr out in the field. I used Hornady reduced recoil loads for her to get used to the .243 but I sighted in the gun myself with handloads 85grain sierra gamekings so she didnt experience the recoil. At 12 years old she shot a cow elk at 230 yards, 1 shot through the lungs and the elk was dead within 20ft. she has since killed 2 mule deer bucks and a whitetail buck with it. In my opinion your daughter will be good with a .243, 6.5cm, or 7mm-08 as long as you take it slow and make sure she feels comfortable shooting the rifle. I personally feel to much emphasis gets put on larger caliber rifles "just in case you make a bad shot" when more time should be spent practicing real world situations and making sure you are the best shot and best prepared.
 

Rufus

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What rifle caliber for a 10yr girl hunting elk
Hello. Lots of good info here. My own experience is limited, but I used to work at an airport and helped off load a lot of antlers for people returning from hunting trips. Lots of young kids with big smiles. 🤓. I always tried to talk with the kids about the hunt, their experience and also asked about rifle/caliber. Seemed like for deer size and under , usually a 243. Larger than deer and 7-08 was the one I heard most often. Lots of elk, caribou and few moose to kids shooting 7-08.
 
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