August 21, 2010 at 2:29pm
I have an Eight year old daughter, and a ten year old son who both started killing deer at six years old with an H&R .223. The boy Got a .243 for his 9th birthday and used it last year. It does have a little more recoil than the .223 no matter what grain bullets. We shoot Federal premium 60 grain Nosler Partition in the .223. It does unbelievable internal damage. 14 deer killed with this combo. one ran 50 yds, none of the rest made it 20. half dropped in their tracks. Both killed 8 pts at over 200 yds with the .223 using a clamp on stand gun rest I built. That is the to success key with a kid. And while target practice, make them wear ear plugs to not scare them. Also with your assistance let them dry fire under supervision. Squeezing slow to prevent them from flinching. Don't expect a big exit hole with the 223. you may not need one. Tried the barns, it exits, but does not do as much internal damage. The nosler inside looks like my 270 130 grain ballistic tips. I started using that gun myself untill I painted it pink Zebra stripe for My daughter. Depends on the size of your boy and experience. thing about the 223 is he will be big enough for the 243 shortly anyway. just dont scare him. Also the other brands besides H&R come with thinner barrels and DO HAVE MORE RECOIL. The H&R Guns are accurate. We are dropping from 100 grain power points in 243 to 85 grain boat tail hollow points/federal premium or 85 grain barns this year as an experiment. these bullets are reported to do more damage than the 100 grain. My kids are average to small in size. One of these guns scoped with a bushnel dawn to dusk will do the trick and run you around $400 with bells and whistles. hope this helps.