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#6548420 - 11/17/16 06:39 PM Best caliber for kids.
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Registered: 02/12/09
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Loc: Alto, Texas
Looking at buying my daughter a rifle. She shoots 22's with no problem but I'm looking to buy her a rifle for next year. I grew up shooting 30-30 and 243 but looking into 7mm-08 or a smaller caliber. Looking for opinions. Thanks
Jay
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#6548448 - 11/17/16 07:02 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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What do you want to do with it?
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#6548476 - 11/17/16 07:15 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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There's a Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor for sale in the classifieds. That'd be my choice.
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#6548495 - 11/17/16 07:24 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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243 if you don't reload. If you do, 7mm-08 with a light bullet and a light load.
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#6548502 - 11/17/16 07:27 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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I have tons of private land to hunt here in east Texas shots will be less the 75 yards for hogs and deer.
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#6548507 - 11/17/16 07:30 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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223

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#6548558 - 11/17/16 07:58 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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Love the 300 blackout. We shoot a suppressed contender. We put a M4 style stock on it and the barrel is only 16.25 inches, about 23 inches long with a AAC SD-6..my kids love it...my 9 year old can ring steel 150 years with it...this is her first year to blood it...130 grain TSX bullet will do the job!

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#6548561 - 11/17/16 07:58 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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A fast twist 223 will do the trick too...but I like a little more bullet weight...

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#6548571 - 11/17/16 08:06 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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Forthat range a Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout would be perfect.


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#6548574 - 11/17/16 08:10 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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Howa mini action 6.5 Grendel.
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#6548713 - 11/17/16 09:29 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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I used to think 300 blk. After building my wife a 6/223 or 6x45 I'm sold on this caliber. My loads out of a 16" bbl match the 243 hornady custom lite and rem managed recoil loads. More than enough inside 200 yds. Plus an AR has adjustable lop that a kid can grow into. Recoil is identical to 223. Lots of thump in a tiny non recoiling package. Only downside is it's a handloaders caliber


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#6548729 - 11/17/16 09:39 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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Registered: 06/24/09
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Loc: Houston
I bought an upper and lower set for my 9 month old hoping to turn it into a 6.5 Grendel when she gets of age. The thought being that the adjustable stock would make it easier for her to grow with it. But I have no experience with the caliber. I just assuming if I hand load that it can do the job decently.

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#6548734 - 11/17/16 09:41 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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243, 6.5,6.8

Not 7-08

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#6548747 - 11/17/16 09:46 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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Registered: 02/12/09
Posts: 137
Loc: Alto, Texas
Thanks guys... I feel stupid never even thought about my ar's!
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#6548756 - 11/17/16 09:53 PM Re: Best caliber for kids. [Re: Jayburl]
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I built a 6.8 for my kid to use. It light , adjustable , little recoil, with vxr redot

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