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Location: Katy Tx
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Young Hunter

Hey fellow hunter, I'm new to the forum and like what ya'll have here. I need a little help. I am thinking of getting my 9 year old nephew his first rifle for hunting. He is a good size boy so I was thinking about a .243. Any thoughts?

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Young Hunter

Welcome to BGH Thumbs up
I believe the .243 is a great choice. My son will be ready in a couple years and that is the choice I'll will make for his first gun.

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Location: Muskoka Ontario
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Young Hunter

The 6.5 x55 is also realy good and cheep for converted military . They are supper acurate as well. My 2 cents
Regards and welcome to the forum F.K.

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Location: Kingston, MI
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My son started out with a .243, as did my wife and 2 oldest daughters. When my youngest daughter and grandchilren start, they'll be using .243's as well. Great little rifles.

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Young Hunter

the .243 is an excellent choice. The bolt action is also an ideal rifle to start with too, especially learning safety.

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The 243 win is a fine round but a bit light in bullet weight for an all around hunting round.
If he has an interest in hunting a variety of terrains. A round that shoots a 130gr or larger bullet would make a better all around. Higher energy level thoughout mpbr of round.
If shots may be beyond 250yds and on game with a hide and bones that are heavier than an average sized deer. The 7-08 / 270 are a good place to start.

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Unfortunately the 260 just doesn't sound like it's long for this world, unless you hand load, the 6.5x55 is a favorite of mine but can be hard to find a good ammo selection. As FB said, the 243 is a bit light in bullet's. What I would look at is the 25-06 or 7-08. It's just to bad great cartridges like the 250-3000 and 257 Roberts have gone by the wayside.

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If your looking to just get him a rifle to shoot and learn about guns and shooting. A single shot in 22 LR would be a fine one for a young sprout to learn on.

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Yeah if it's just for plinking and small game, a nice 22 would be ideal. If you're actually taking him for deer and/or coyotes a .243 would probably be best considering his age. You don't want to put him behind something that'll deter him from wanting to shoot again. The bullet is light, but it will kill. A really good thing too is there are alot of models chambered in a .243 to choose from. You can get something really nice, and not have to dent your wallet so bad.

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Location: maine/wisconsin
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I know I felt mighty fine with my Marlin 30/30 336c at the age of 12. I killed 14 deer with that rifle (I put a knotch in the butt for each one). I loved, and still do, the feel of that lever action. Its a good reliable mid range gun.

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The 30/30 is what I want to put my oldest one on. But the terrain in my area is ideal for that rifle.

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