Gotta disagree with hunterkirk on the breaks. Stick one on the end of the barrel, have junior pop a cap without hearing protection (by design-stupid or by accident-human nature) and he/she will flinch for life. A properly fitted and sized rifle is the best way to control recoil along with good training and practice.
Like the 7-08 option; went that way with my daughter - a Weatherby Youth model with a downsized stock just right for her 5'2"'s.
And a muzzlebreak on a .22 centerfire? Seems kinda like giving a condom to a priest.
Where did you read in my post that I'm (Popin' Caps?)without ear protection?????? I don't appreciate you trying to rewrite my post! I do understand that there are alot of different opinions on every topic in the Journal (including breaks) but I ain't Popin' no Caps without ear protection.
Hal fast, What rock did you crawl out from? I can't believe that you haven't heard of putting a muzzle break on a varmit gun? (I know lots of varmit shooters with them) The reason I choose to put one on my 22-250 is that when your shooting at varmits/prairie dogs and you don't have one, "Stuck on the end of your barrel" your barrel will rise just enouph that it will not allow you to see your taget after you shoot, thats why I have one. The gun also has a custom trigger and a varmit barrel with a fiberglass embedded stock. I suppose I really don't need any of that either!!!!! These are not necessities but alot of varmit guns have them!
Your prejudice comment on the priest I really didn't think that was all that necessary either, How are people supposed to take your post seriously with those kind of comments! I think you should crawl to your tub and wash a few shades of Red off your Neck!
P.S. When your out west and your daughter runs out of ammo, good luck trying to find your 7-08 load at the local stores!!!