The Perfect Kid Caliber: 243

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Well, it’s time to usher in a new big game hunter, and you can’t be a big game hunter unless you shoot a big girl gun.  The perfect kid caliber for us is the .243:

It’s a pretty special birthday when you get Federal .243 shells, hearing protection and a couple paper targets.  Time to do some target shooting!

The .243 has been a huge success for us.  Not only has it cleanly killed a variety of big game animals, but it can be safely shot by the smallest of kids.  Without much kick, it offers them a chance to target shoot and hunt with the same gun.

Not bad for the fist time shooting a centre fire:

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We had just put a new scope on the Tikka so we had to sight it in.  Her first group was taken at 25 yards and was under an inch.  Confident we would hit the target, we moved back to 100 yards and she piled them up in a two inch group high and to the left.  After making necessary windage and elevation adjustments to the scope, she put down another nice 2″ group at an inch high.

I’m thinking she’ll have no problem when we put a deer in front of her.

Check out last years moose hunt with the same gun, and the first Annual All Girls Tannerite Shooting Competition.

What’s the perfect kid caliber for you? Let us know, throw us a like or share us with your circle of shooters.  Think kids and guns should be separated?  Me too, lets expose this nonsense to the world by exposing this post on facebook!

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Elk Hunting BC – Bugling in the River

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Well, I can’t help but remember some of the highlights of elk hunting in bc from last fall. We went out for a morning walk and were soon pinned to the river bank by a few satellite bulls.  The herd bull never came out so this impromptu iphone video is the tenderloin of the hunt (elk consistently provides the best wild meat IMHO, even videos of elk are kind of tasty).

I love the various bugles this little guy gives up, he’s clearly auditioning for a part in The Big Elk Show.

My wife’s Tikka 243 has shot more than one elk through the heart.  At six yards she would have been looking down the side of the stock instead of through the scope had he been legal.

There’s no music, so turn up the volume and bugle along.

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