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01-11-2019 11:28 AM
Southern Dreams I am a Huntmaster for the Texas Youth Hunting Program. I have taken 100s of kids on hunts and most of them are shooting 243. I perfore 270 with manage recoil shells it takes a lot of the kick away. Kids do grow up. I bought youth model for my kids and after 2 years they were to small.

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01-11-2019 11:06 AM
bwhntr31 My personal favorite deer cartridge is the 7mm-08. I have a Remington Model 7 SS/Synthetic that the whole family can shoot. Myself, my wife, and both boys (10 & 12), have all harvested with it.
01-09-2019 01:53 PM
Jaysand247 I started my boys out shooting a scoped 22 and 5. They both shot their first deer with a 243 at age 7. I didnt let them shoot the 243 before hand because I didn't want them to expect recoil of any kind.. my oldest is 14 and he killed a nice buck at 220 yards this year with my 270.. my opinion is make sure they shoot well before taking a shot at a deer then it won't matter the caliber.
I bought both my kids a youth model 243 one is a Remington the other the ruger american.. both are nice guns and something they will hand down to their kids.. oldest shoots a 6.5 cm now youngest is still on the 243. Out of the 15 or so deer they have shot we have never lost one..
01-07-2019 07:26 AM
tshort First, there is no 'right' answer. But here's what I've done with my son and it has worked well.

I started him at age 8 on a bolt action .223/5.56 with a muzzle brake. The important thing was that we ALWAYS wear good hearing protection. I think the sound/percussion is actually what scares kids the most, not the kick...I'll explain later. He killed a ram and whitetail buck with that gun and enjoyed it.

I then moved him up to a 6.5 Grendel (Howa mini-bolt action) this year at age 10. No brake but I intend to add a suppressor (it comes with a threaded barrel). He's killed a blackbuck and a whitetail doe with it.

He also shot a suppressed .308 this year and said it was definitely more kick than his other 2 guns but didn't bother him (my opinion was because of the reduced noise).

Just as important, find a youth-sized stock so the length of pull fits well. If they can't reach the trigger and/or have a hard time seeing through the scope they don't feel comfortable, don't make good shots, and probably won't like it.

My $.02.
01-04-2019 08:48 AM
jetcycles I'm really digging the CZ 527 Youth Carbine chambered in 7.62x39 right now. When the time comes that the kiddo outgrows the short LOP, the stock can be replaced with the standard 527 stock.
01-03-2019 04:09 PM
Trouthunter You will always get a debate on subjects like these, it's just a natural occurrence lol.

Small frame you said so stay away from .270's .308's etc. Salty mentioned the .223 and while it's not a caliber I like it would work in teaching the fundamentals that your child needs for shooting center fire rifles and live targets. a 22" to 24" barrel would work.

The .22-250 is another good choice as is the 6.5 CM which has mild recoil.

Stay away from muzzle brakes. They're loud and obnoxious and your child WILL forget to put in ear plugs or put on muffs one day and his or her hearing will take a hit.

In the end it's your child and you want him or her to enjoy shooting and hunting so don't screw it up with something that they do not enjoy shooting. If it's too loud or kicks too hard they won't have a good time.

01-03-2019 12:35 PM
Hunter682 I set my son up with a Remington Lady youth in 243(100 grain) at age 7, switched to a 270 at age 11. Had shot all deer in south Texas with the 243 with no problems. The ammo is easy to find in a 243 and 270 at small stores if you forget your ammo also.
Agree, stay away from the 308. He still uses the 243 as a back up and now he is a guide.
Good Luck
01-02-2019 01:51 PM
fishit Bolt action 6.5 creedmoor with muzzle brake or 6.8 spc ar15. I did muzzle brakes for years with my kids. Just teaches to always use hearing protection. Forces really.
01-02-2019 01:31 PM
Nutnhoney Mentioned once above was the. 6.5 Grendel. Mild recoil but kills well, and shoots flat. In the AR platform the rifle is lite and the stock adjusts for the child’s growth. Check out a modestly priced upper from Palmetto State Armory.
Another option in a quality bolt gun is the Grendel in a CZ carbine. Howa also makes one for less money.
01-02-2019 11:16 AM
Whitebassfisher Not to argue, but bullet weight definitely affects recoil, simple physics. I could tell the difference between 110 grain and 130 grain in a .270 Win. Texas deer are usually not that big, unless old bucks in South Texas. Bullets are so well constructed these days if you buy one designed for your purpose that lighter bullets will still penetrate well.

Action length should be considered. Bore diameters of .257, .264, .277 or .284 would be perfect.

25-06 with 100 grain
.270 with 110 grain
7mm-08 120 grain
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