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Old 11-03-2018, 12:25 AM   #1
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My son (10) shot his first animal last weekend (a pig) with a borrowed surpressed 300 blackout. He wants to hunt now, but Iím wondering what caliber gun to buy him now.? Should I go with the same caliber or is there something similar? He wants to go hunting again next weekend to try for a deer.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:28 AM   #2
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7-08
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:29 AM   #3
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.223, .243, 6.5CM, .300 blackout are all great choices with a good bullet. You need to figure out what he will be comfortable/confident in shooting. .300 BO suppressed is a pretty mild recoil setup which is why it’s great for kids.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:50 AM   #4
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^^^ sums it up
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:17 AM   #5
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7mm-08 is a great choice, better killing range, lots better than the 300 black out. jmo
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:27 AM   #6
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7mm-08 or 243. You can get reduced loads for both, too, and graduate to full power if need be.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:28 AM   #7
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6.5 Grendel, would be my top choice. 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5X47 Lapua, 7X30 Waters, 260 Remington, 30-30, 300 Savage, maybe a 250 Savage/250-3000, 7mm-08. A 300 Blackout and the 6.8 SPC should be a good choices also. The smaller bores, 6mm and down, your shot placement needs to be very good, the larger bores, typically the recoil will go up. My preferred deer calibers are 6.5mm/264 cal., 270 and 7mm/284 cal., there are a lot of good 30 caliber choices, some that will work for younger kids.

Howa makes a mini action 1500, in 6.5 Grendel, that would make a perfect kids rifle. Truthfully, I want one for myself.
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Old 11-03-2018, 02:03 AM   #8
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My youngest has been shooting a 30.06 since he was 8 . I thought it would be to much for him but he loved it from day 1 . He didnít ever flinch or pull a shot so I just let him use it. I toyed with the idea of a lower recoil caliber but he shot it well so I figured the more powerful the better.
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:12 AM   #9
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22-250 or .243. You can always find bullets in any mom/pop store.


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Old 11-03-2018, 05:34 AM   #10
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My daughter has used a little single shot .223 since she was 8. I do make her neck shoot em with that little thing but she gets it done no problem.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:00 AM   #11
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Another vote for the 6.5 grendel. Minimal recoil, very accurate, and will take down anything in Texas
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:07 AM   #12
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.223, 22.250 or .243 is what I used for my boys when that young.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:12 AM   #13
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Not nearly as exciting or drool worthy but you cant go wrong with the good old 30-30. Nice big chunck of lead good nock down better blood trail than some smaller calibers and pretty easy to handle for a kid. No matter what you choose. Enjoy the time in the woods with your kids
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:15 AM   #14
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Mine grew up shooting a 7mm-08
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:26 AM   #15
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My boy is 8, normally we grab the .243 but this morning he will be shooting the 7-08.
You canít go wrong with a .243 but if you want a little more gun the 7-08 is a great option. I also brought the 6.5 this wknd which he could easily handle.



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Old 11-03-2018, 07:37 AM   #16
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Some one gave me a box of reduced recoil 30-06. And man it is nice. It feels like my 243.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:43 AM   #17
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300 ultra mag he will never out grow it
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:49 AM   #18
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300 ultra mag he will never out grow it
Or possibly never live through it.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:49 AM   #19
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Some one gave me a box of reduced recoil 30-06. And man it is nice. It feels like my 243.


The hornady reduced recoil for the 243 are awesome and they are absolutely devastating bullets.
My kids had such good results I started buying them for my 270



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Old 11-03-2018, 07:55 AM   #20
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My son has been shooting 22-250 since he was 7. Heís 19 now. Still choses that over anything else.
My brother has been letting his girls shoot 6.8spc for a couple years now think they are 12 now. They have killed lots of critters with it


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Old 11-03-2018, 08:09 AM   #21
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I have a 7 08 that is a deer killing machine.

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Old 11-03-2018, 08:17 AM   #22
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I bought my son a 270 at age 12 and he has never looked back. I thought it would be to much for him but it wasn't.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:19 AM   #23
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I would be more concerned with getting his gun bought, scoped, sighted in, and practiced with by next weekend...

Make sure he can hit what he’s aiming at before you turn him loose with a brand new gun.

When I started hunting at 12, Dad would not take me out until I could consistently shoot 2 inch 5-shot groups at 100 yards. It took 3 or 4 Saturday trips to the range.

Is your son a built 10 or a scrawny 10? I’m a believer in the 22-250 for young hunters, but a 243, 7-08, or 270 could potentially be his lifelong deer rifle. As someone else said, they make reduced recoil loads for these calibers.

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Old 11-03-2018, 08:39 AM   #24
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My son is a normal build. Shoots a 243 since he was 8. Has killed several deer with it no problem
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:47 AM   #25
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I bought my wife a 6.5 creedmore and it kicks no different than my 6.8 in AR. If I bought a rifle for a kid today it would be a 6.5 Creedmore. I also suspect that a 7mm-08 will be awesome, but I haven’t shot one in a while.

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Old 11-03-2018, 08:50 AM   #26
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22-250.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:50 AM   #27
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7mm-08 or 6.5


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Old 11-03-2018, 09:00 AM   #28
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243 win all around. My boys both started with it as did I. I don’t remember how old I was but my boys were 11 & 9. Still do shoot it sometimes as does my youngest. None of us have ever lost an animal with that round. Knock knock. He put down three panhandle wt last year. Two drt and one made it 10yds. Ammo is economical and easily found with lots of variants. This will allow for as much practice as they want. You can find some federal 100gr at Walmart for 11.97 a box with a $5 rebate up to 10 boxes.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:03 AM   #29
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223 243 22 250 all pretty low on recoil and good rounds with the right bullet
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:07 AM   #30
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My son is 10 now, last year he shot a couple deer with my .223, he’s now shooting my 6.5 Creedmoor and a youth model .243 equally well. I’d start with something small like a .223 or 22-250 and move up from there.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:13 AM   #31
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I have a 6.5 to and the great thing about them is that the factory bullets shoot awesome compared to factory bullets in my 08.

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Old 11-03-2018, 09:16 AM   #32
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7mm-08 or 243. You can get reduced loads for both, too, and graduate to full power if need be.
I agree 100%
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:17 AM   #33
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6.5 gets it done. Minimal recoil.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:23 AM   #34
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6.5 cm with a muzzle brake to help knock the kick down, just make sure you have ear plugs for both of yíall!


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Old 11-03-2018, 09:30 AM   #35
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Amen on the earplugs

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Old 11-03-2018, 09:33 AM   #36
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6.5 Grendel, 22-250, .243 would all be at the top of my list.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:45 AM   #37
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6.5 creedmore with a rifle and scope that fits him and has s good recoil pad.
I cut down the stocks on my kids and wife’s rifles.

Then do him a lifelong favor and get a suppressor. My t/c compass came threaded !
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:08 AM   #38
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If it was me I would go 243. Not much recoil, and enough umpf to kill most anything in TX. And he can continue to hunt with it his whole life. Heck I left my 300 win mag and 280 at home this morning and brought my 243. Fun gun to shoot.

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Old 11-03-2018, 10:14 AM   #39
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IMO most of these guys are right and there are several different calibers that would fit the mold, but for just getting started if it were me, Iíd try to get a common round so there is no hassle in finding ammo and being able to practice, and I may be slightly biased, but Iíve never had an animal go farther that 50 yards with my 243.
Granted regardless of the caliber, it all has to do with shot placement.


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Old 11-03-2018, 10:15 AM   #40
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My son started out with a .223 but I made him reck shoot everything. I want to say he was 6 at that time. At about 8 he started shooting my 7mm-08 and he loves it. Hell heís killed more stuff with it than I have.


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Old 11-03-2018, 10:17 AM   #41
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Myself (50 years ago) and my kids all started with an open sight 30/30 Winchester.
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:19 AM   #42
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Go bigger caliber with reduced recoil ammo. Gives him room to grow.
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:19 AM   #43
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On the 243 reduced recoil load is it a lower grain also? Is that what makes it reduced recoil?
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:47 AM   #44
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.223, 22.250 or .243 is what I used for my boys when that young.
I don't have kids but this would be my choice as well since I already have these
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:53 AM   #45
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My daughter shoots my .270 with Hornady Lite ammo.

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Old 11-03-2018, 10:56 AM   #46
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22-250 it’s extremely deadly and accurate
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:09 AM   #47
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My opinion is that it is different for every kid and is dependent on their physical size and attitude about noise & recoil. I have two grown sons and when they were young I bought a youth model .243 and got them shooting. When we would go to the range I would bring other rifles and I would shoot as well. When we first started shooting my sons were 7 & 11. The noise and recoil seemed to bother my older son a little but my younger son didn't seem to be bothered at all. My younger son would shoot my 30-06 and do pretty well at the range while my older son would shoot it (didn't want to be shown up by his little brother) you could tell he wasn't comfortable. I eventually settled on a 25-06. By the time my younger son was 11 he was shooting a .270.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:11 AM   #48
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If you use any 22cal please use premium bullets. We use a 60gr Nosler in my sons 223 and it is deadly. Complete pass thrus with a exit hole about the size of a half dollar coin.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:25 AM   #49
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I got mine a 22-250 and have been pleased.. no recoil and you can find ammo anywhere..
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I was a kid, I had 3 kids, and my 3 grandsons will start with grendels.
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