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Rifle caliber for 9 year old

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I want to buy my 9 year old a rifle. Is a .243 pretty standard @ that age?
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Mine like it
Last year I bought an H&R single shot 243 for my two kids to share. My daughter was 10 and my son 7 they both were able to shoot it with no problem at the range and each took deer with it during the season. I was impressed with how effective that round was. Both deer and a hog fell over dead no tracking necessary. Neither of them were scared of the recoil I think it is a great caliber to start em off with.
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Youth Rifles
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.
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Reduced Recoil
If you already have a rifle, look in to getting the reduced recoil ammo for it before you buy a smaller gun. My 8 year old shoots my .270 and has no problems at all.....it seems like it kicks less than a lighter model of .243; However.....there is nothing like shopping and getting a new gun!! Even if it\'s not for you. .243 is the \'standard\' youth gun, but I know old-timers that have gone back to them after years of shooting the big boy calibers. A properly placed small bullet will bring home more venison than a misplaced big one will. Heck...my son killed his first 3 deer with a .223....all were bang-flops because he wasn\'t scared of the gun and put the bullet right where it needed to be. Whatever you choose, make him shoot it until he can put all of his shots into a 4\' circle...that will be his maximum range.
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Kid friendly
I think a .243 is perfect for that age. That's what my son has been shooting for the last several years, and it kills deer when properly placed. My father-in-law used a 6 mm (which is pretty much the same as a .243) and killed tons of deer.

And there's almost no kick. Perfect for a kid.
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Rifle caliber for 9 year old
Thanks for all of the replies! I will look this weekend and hope to have one bought by next weekend.
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kid gun
I bought my son a H&R .44 magnum. No kick. It's a single shot, so it's safe. It's legal for primative. I fell in love with it, and bought one for myself.
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H&R .44
What is the range on a caliber like that?
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range
125 yards is about the maximum range that I would shoot my .44 The size of the bullet is HUGE, and it drops like a rock past that distance. However, any deer closer than 125 yards will drop like a rock. This gun is my favorite gun to still hunt in the A-Basin swamp. Don't buy the youth model. The adult model fits a child very good. I paid $225 for the gun. Slap a $200 Nikon scope on it, and you will have gotten your child a gun that he or she will hunt with forever as a 'woods gun.'
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30/30
What about a 30/30?
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gun
My dad bought me a 7mm-08 when I was 8 years old. It was the best shooting gun I have ever had. It does not kick anymore than a 243 yet it has a bigger bullet. I never lost a deer with it. The first buck I ever shot a was with a 243 and we lost blood while trailing him. It looked like the bullet probably exploded inside the deer causing it not to have a exit hole which is important. The 243 bullet is so small and traveling so fast that it is common for the bullet to shatter inside the deer not leaving a exit hole. I would definately go with the 7mm-08. It is plenty enough bullet for deer and my aunt even killed a elk with hers.
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Round
I gota go with 2 of the prevoiusly mentioned.....30-30 or 44 Mag. I think you can get both rounds in the Handi Rifles. You can use the 44 for 'primative weapon' season, the 30-30 supposably has killed more Whitetail than all others combined. You can get Lever Revolution in both rounds. The 243 will kill a deer if 'PLACED PERFECTLY', but why take the chance? If it ain't broke don't fix it!
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30-30
Of course there is no one right answer to this question but I really like the 30-30. A 9 year old shouldn't be taking really long shots so I think any advantage on range is unimportant at this stage, although the new ammo for a 30-30 will reach out to about 250 yards.

Very little kick and the bigger bullets is something I personally prefer. I don't care much for lever actions though but if you look around you can get the 30-30 in other actions. Mine is a pump action 30-30.

So think about the style of gun you want, location of the safety etc. Those things will have a larger bearing on if the kid likes the gun or not.
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260
Bought my 9 yr old daughter a Browning Micro hunter in the 260 caliber 10 years ago, she still uses it and will probably never buy another. She uses Remington ballistic tip 120's. I love it for when it is really cold and I have a lot of clothes on. It is sweet to shoot at the rifle range, very mild kick.
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'Big Gun w/No Exotic Ammo'
...remember the 'tuddy-tuddy' will probably still be in production when the sales of other calibre's sway or get phased out...some think they base the profit math on rifles that is still out there...anyone remembers the popularity of the .38 Short or 22 Hornet ???...cheers
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