Re: First Long Range Rifle
That's great to hear that you want to bring your son up on shooting firearms responsibly and not scaring him away from them. Here's a suggestion that would work as a hunting rifle and a target rifle. Get the .308 in a Savage varmint or target model. If you plan to use it hunting later in life, then definitely stick with the Mod 12VLP or one of the Mod 10 rifles. Another great option would be the Mod 12 BVSS. My 9yr old has been shooting my .308's since he was 7yrs old. With a muzzle break laying prone, he could shoot full power loads. For deer season I loaded down with a 150 grain bullet. He would ding the steel off of sticks w/o any problems. The .308 with the new bullets on the market and new powders can get you to 1000yds w/o problems. I have been using the 168 Berger Hybrids. They can make the stretch with good consistency. Hope this is helpful in your decision. Another good calibers to pick from would be the 6mmbr in the target model, 243, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 260. The 22-250 will require some good reloading to stretch it out. All of these calibers work really well for dual purpose target and hunting applications.
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