Originally Posted by Chase4556
If it were me, I’d be looking at a compact or youth model in 243, 7mm-08, 25-06 or your 270 and 308 options. All solid performing, proven and easy to find ammo for.
Barrel length or it being a bull barrel isn’t a huge deal IMO, but for a smaller/younger shooter the youth or compact models should come with a shorter barrel making it a little easier to handle.
I wouldn’t add a muzzle break. All the calibers you would look at are mild enough, but a break makes them WAY louder. May cause flinching and someone can shy away from the muzzle blast.
I don't think a 270 is a good option for a youth, it is among the top of the ratings for velocity/energy for a rifle, so the recoil is pretty high.
Agree that heavy barrels or muzzle brake aren't needed or wanted in a youth rifle. If you can do it, a suppressor serves to reduce both recoil and sound, good thing.