I am planning on getting a rifle for my girlfriend, and am not sure what to get her. I know the ballistics for both, but am wondering if the 243 is devestating enough on a deer size critter. Anyone ever use a 243, and if so what sort of wound did it leave. I like the fact that the 7-08 is big enough for about anything in North America but I am not sure if she will like the recoil. Any in put is appreciated. Thanks.