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#6020535 - 11/09/15 09:30 PM Best round for a youngster
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Looking to get my 8 year old a deer rifle to practice with for next year. Without getting into the debate of what caliber is better for this or that. He's a scrawny 8 year old. Was debating a 243 or a 7mm08 but also 300 blackout and 6.8. What have y'all found success in for smaller kids. Think he would do much better in the stand hunting rather than watching.

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#6020555 - 11/09/15 09:38 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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I grew up shooting a 250 Savage. Great round for a kid.
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#6020556 - 11/09/15 09:38 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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6.5 creedmoor or 7-08, I would also think about putting a brake on it. its something that can grow with them. My boys going to start with a 22 creedmoor.
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#6020559 - 11/09/15 09:40 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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I considered the brake option too. Makes the old 300 win mag enjoyable.

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#6020562 - 11/09/15 09:41 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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And I'd love a custom rifle for him that he'd kee forever but he isn't getting one before me.

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#6020595 - 11/09/15 09:59 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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7-08 or 7x57 if you can find one. Mild recoil with extremely good BCs on the bullets and the loads can do anything from light varmint to elk/moose.

I like the .243 a lot and it is a very good cartridge, but it lacks the growth that the 7mm provides. 6.5x55 might also be something to look at or the 6.5 grendel that is coming out soon in those howa rifles.

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#6020629 - 11/09/15 10:19 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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The .243 with mono-metal bullets at 3400-3500 fps is not your Daddy's .243. Don't underestimate its effectiveness.
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#6020638 - 11/09/15 10:27 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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Here is my thoughts in no particular order mostly because of prior experience or just what I've seen but no research as far as a youth size rifle

300 blackout
6.8
243
7mm08
25-06
308

Some hve reduced recoil loads. He shoots my old single shot youth 20 gauge no problem and I don't even enjoy it. Not stirring the caliber debate because I like weird stuff. A brake is an option and maybe what I do to any of them for the time being. Once it's sighted in it won't be shot much but don't want to develop a flinch either.

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#6020692 - 11/09/15 11:44 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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Either a 7-08 or 308/30-06 with reduced recoil loads. Also, a 30-30 makes a darn fine deer gun for anyone.
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#6020697 - 11/09/15 11:51 PM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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243 is a good rifle for kids. It has mild recoil and shoots flat. My son started using his at 7 and has taken numerous deer with it. He is now 16 and even though he has other larger caliber rifles, he still uses his 243 most of the time. We use Hornady 100 grain ammo and it does a great job.

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#6020725 - 11/10/15 01:43 AM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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A 243 will kill anything in Texas and is a great round for a first rifle. Shoots flat so less issue with incorrect distance estimation and bullet drop. And the recoil is very manageable.
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#6020744 - 11/10/15 03:10 AM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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243 hands down, but for exotic flavor that 300 blk can cover alot of territory, im just crazy about mine. 110/125 supers to 300 yds, or 100 yd subsonics with recoil that a sissy could smile about. Ruger ranch 16" bbl in 300 blk like $425 already has picatinny rail.
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#6020782 - 11/10/15 05:31 AM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jorge]
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#6020811 - 11/10/15 06:14 AM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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.243
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#6020839 - 11/10/15 06:40 AM Re: Best round for a youngster [Re: jhenderson]
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I'd say a .223 or .243 is a nice introduction into a hunting rifle. You can practice a all you want with cheap ammo to get him comfortable with the .223. I grew up hunting with a measly. 22 hornet..makes the .223 look like a cannon. A bullet in the ribs behind the shoulder made a dead deer.

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