My oldest son is going on 7 and chomping at the bit to shoot his first deer, pig, and or turkey. He had a pretty decent growth spurt this summer and starting to look more comfortable holding a rifle. I want to get him set up with something that wont scar him for life, but i want to hear from the THF. He has a youth model .243 and i bought a box of 100 grain, yet i think the recoil could be too much. We have several other larger calibers and have entertained lower recoil rounds, or smaller grain bullets.
Option 1: use a gun from the safe with lower recoil rounds, lower grain.. (if i go this route, whats the smallest grain you'd shoot out of a .243)
Option 2: Start from scratch and spend some time shopping this weekend. (what would you recommend- looking for complete set up here)
I dont need to hear "he's to young", practice/practice/practice, or shot placement.. yadayadayada.. I'll be the judge and understand the importance of practice/shot placement...
We're in the hill country and have an area to set up a in a 40-75 yard range.
What did you start your kid on?
Maybe i should just pick up a crossbow so we can both enjoy..