I need a little help. I want to take my 10 yr old daughter on her first whitetail hunt. We have access to some farmland in Nebraska and I would like to take advantage of the $6 youth licenses.
The problem is I don't have a youth rifle that is adequate for such an adventure. (I am pretty sure my .30-06 is a little much for her first centerfire experience ) I have been looking online at .243's and have found a few deals on gunbroker for the rossi trifecta, the savage Axis, and the H&R single shot. I am unsure as to the overal quality of these rifles.
I am hesitant to spend alot of money on a new setup for her as she is excited to go on this hunt, but I am unsure if she will get bit by the bug like I have. Also, I started a new business in March and money is a little tighter than I'd like, so I know my wife will probably not quite see the advantages of a youth set-up over borrowing a friends full size browning lever action .243, which is likely my default.
SO my question for all of you knowledgable generous people is 2 fold:
1) any recs on cheap low recoil whitetail calibers/guns?
2) Is there anyone within a 2-3 hour drive of the north denver metro area that might be willing to rent or loan a youth model gun for either a test fire or the hunt (nov. 12-20 and/or Jan 3-18). So we can test all this out before we start to make investments in equipment. If she likes it this year I could work on getting her a good rig for next year.
Thank you all for the input. I don't comment much, but I sure do appreciate all the information here. This website has been an incredible learning tool as I have reentered the big game world in the last 2 years.