Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old
Gonna be the odd man out here, I would go with a .308. If you are going to use soft loads in the heavy calibers (30-06, 280, 270, 300WSM), I would load the .308 Win. with a 175grain or 180grain bullet pushing it around 2650 fps. These loads would shoot more efficiently and give better ES in speed. Using Varget or RL15 will fit the bill. I use federal primers, but my cousin is getting good luck with CCI BR2's. It would stop anything with in 300yrds. You could actually drop deer at greater range if you want to, but I am sold on this caliber. The .270 would also get a nod, but I always felt recoil could be a little heavy. For me... it would definitely be the .308 Win. Its a proven caliber.
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