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I know this question has been asked dozens of times on the Sportsman but I've never needed the advice until now.

I'm in the market for a rifle for my eleven year old daughter and I can't decide what caliber or type of rifle to buy. I've narrowed it down to either the CVA Optima Elite or the Remington 700 in 243 or 7mm08 caliber.

What do you guys have, likes dislikes, pros and cons etc?

Thanks in advance, Duckaholic
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suggested
remington model Seven .243 win
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Optima Elite
With the Optima Elite you can always buy another barrel in a different caliber at a later date. To me that is the way to go. You can buy her a 7mm-08 now and if she ever wants something else all you have to do is get the new barrel.
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Remington 243
The 7mm08 is a little heavy on recoil for a small girl or boy. Remington quality and accuracy are great except for a trigger tune up needed but easy to do. I would opt for the Remington 243, you can't go wrong.
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7mm08
Thanks Jim for the recoil info. I know that Remington makes the 7mm08 in the reduced recoil load, it's new. I was thinking about using that round. the balistics look good and she could move up later or I could shoot the big rounds out of the gun. Has anyone out there used this Reduced Recoil 7mm08?
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buy a box!
Lee,
Buy a box of that 7mm-08 ammo and shoot it this weekend. I can leave both rifles w/ you to try, the 7mm-08 & the .243 to see what is best. We will be shooting muzzelloaders this weekend so we won't need them!

The 7mm has a good thump to it, but she could handle it easily, I compare it to a 20ga.
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remmington model 7 youth model 260
i started hunting with my model 7 around 12 it has rolled over 15 deer balistic tip keeps them down it is a tiny gun that shoots flat and no kick great gun
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Can they kill a Buffalo?
Thanks, I'll probably take you up on it! Can they kill a Buffalo? That's what I was calling you about. Don't you have the Savage package gun and the Remington 700?
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gun for a kid
I study guns and ballistics all the time and there is a gun out there that is perfect for a kid. I am attaching the link to it for a pic of it. It is a mossberg super bantam short action in either 243 or 308. The 308 is going to have a little more recoil but will also have a lot more knock down power. This gun will grow with the kid due to having interchangeable recol pads/stock end. Check it out. Now as for the CVA optima elite, very very nice gun. I shoot one and love it. But give the mossberg a look. And as always just my two cents worth. http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/New/26265.jpg
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Another option
I bought my daughter a .270 when she was 7 yrs old when Remington came out with the managed recoil cartridges. This was so once she got older she could just switch bullets and not guns. It has been great. It kicks about like a .243 and is good out to around 200 yds. All of her shots have been between 10 and 70 yds from does up to an 8 point and none have taken a step. She's now 12 and could probably shoot the regular bullets and won't even consider changing. So, there's another option for you.
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Same as T Knot
Did the same as T-Knot except bought a Ruger Compact in 308. My son has shot it since he was 12. The reduce recoil loads are good to 200 yards, plenty for where we hunt. He is "thinking" of changing up to full loads this year, but says he may go ahead and finish his recoil reduced loads. He says "no use to waste them", they have always done the job.

Good luck.
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Weatherby
I was in Lafayette Shooters a while back and they had a weatherby rifle that came with two stocks in the box. One in youth and the other in an adult length. Not sure of the calibers offered but it seemed like a good idea. A rifle someone can shoot for life and then pass on to a kid or grandkid.
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7mm-08
I have my 12 y/o daughter shooting a Remington 7mm-08 with a Simms pad and the reduced recoil loads. I don't think it kicks any harder then a .410 and you are still shooting a 140 grain bullet. With the reduced recoil rounds you have a little wider range of calibers to choose from for the kids then what use to be available. So you can get a gun that they can grow into and use for years.
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Weatherby to grow into- 7mm-08
I bought my son a Weatherby Vanguard. It comes with both a youth stock and a free adult stock so he can grow with teh gun. It also has an out of the box accuracy guaranty. It is light and easy to shoot. Accuarat and teh 7mm-08 is seen by many as one of teh top moderan cartriges for white tail deer in woods and field hunting.

I often take it up on my climber when he isnt using it.

I think the Remington 700 in 7mm-08 would be great too. The weatherby just got my son liking to shoot as opposed to tolerating it.
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youth rifle
Both of my sons used the remington model 7 in the 7m-08 with a muzzlebreak.Compact and light with hardly no kick and with plenty of knock down power.My sons are grown and they still use it.One of the best deer rounds out there.
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Great choices
Wow sounds like the 7mm-08 with reduced recoil loads can't be beat for kids. The 7mm-08 is an awesome round. Whatever you do buy a quality gun with some good optics with long eye relief for kids not a disposable gun that will frustrate your kid and a scope they have trouble finding the sweetspot. A Remington model seven is a fabulous little gun and worth every penny as it will still be driving tacs 20 years from now without a failure. You can top that with a VariX 2 3x9 and have an incredible lifelong gun that never gives a problem for a very fair investment, all the gun and scope a kid will need.
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Optima
I almost bought the CVA Optima Elite in 7mm08 today but I'm still hung up on the hammer. I'm worried about a kid cocking and de-cocking a hammered rifle in the stand. A bolt action seems better. I'm still looking. Keep the good comments coming!
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243 handi rifle
my son is 11 he has a h&r handi rifle in a 243 the gun is pretty heavy theirfor it is stable.he shoots it very well nice gun for the money.it's not a youth model and it fits him perfectly
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7mm08
As Sako11 said put a muzzle brake . I have a friend whos 7 yr old shoots a 308 , has muzzle brake and simms pad hardly no kick at all. He has taken down some impressive hog shots with it.
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A thought
Check out the Ruger Compact, it has a three position safety which means he can unload it with the safety on. Integral mounts also...rock solid. Hinged floorplate for easy unloading. Also the firing pin can be "dropped" on an empty chamber for carrying. Three in the mag, none in the chamber, uncocked. They also tend to like "heavy for caliber" bullets, which I also like.

Trigger's not the best, but it can be fixed for about $50. Lifelong investment like jim says.
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