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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the spring of 2007 I was the unfortunate recipient of an injury cause by a damaged carbon arrow that shattered on release of the arrow. I was in the yard going to take a few practice shots before dinner and the second arrow is the one that did the damage. That day will forever be burned in my mind. After I release what happened I made mistake #2 I pulled the tail shaft of the arrow out of my hand causing more damage.
Thank goodness that my wife was home and was able to...