looking to buy my GF's 10 year old his first deer rifle. he has been shooting my .22-250 with great results but as with the .22-250 shot placement is paramount and with kids and field conditions it doesent always work out.
anyway, wanted to get him a caliber that he can grow up with and can handle a range of animals, like axis, oryx, mule deer, etc. and even a .243 imo is underpowered.
I don't think he can handle full power 7mm-08 ammo just yet but am wanting to try out the managed recoil stuff, looks to be along the lines of a .30-30 in terms of power.
I am in a quandary because when I was a kid we were handed a .30-30 and told to get to hunting ( I got a model 94 which as a ten year old kicked the snot outta me) and I don't wanna do that to him
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.