Re: 7mm WSM too big for 12 yr old son? 270 better?
If you are reloading, you should be able to load some 120gr bullets pretty light and it should be pretty mild. I think the 7mm will be a better choice because you have a much larger selection of bullets to choose from. If you use loads that have 15lb's or so of recoil, you should be fine. It is easier to download a smaller cartridge. If you get the Savage, you could invest in a second barrel and boltface adn he could do a lot of shooting and get used to the rifle (even just use it single shot). You could get a 223 barrel and boltface and he could shoot the heck out of it, then after he is really comfortable with the rifle, you could put the wsm barrel on with some light loads and work on up. You'll save the wear on the wsm barrel and it will pay for itself as it will be much cheaper to shoot and he can shoot more.
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