Originally Posted by Johnboy
I even think a youth model rem 700 would do just fine.and in a 260rem it would really be a good loadable case to load up/down.but hey this is just my .02 worth.
I agree with Johnboy 110%. I have already decided to start my kids off with a .260. I think that it is a better choice than the .243.
-I don't feel that the .260 recoils much more than the .243. To me, the recoil difference is barely noticeable.
-You also have a little more room for error due to the heavier bullet. I know that bullet placement always trumps foot pounds, but we are talking about a youngster who is just starting out. They may not be have the patience or the experience to pass on a poor shot. Also, their nerves may get to them at the moment of truth. This happened to me more than once when I was first starting out. Luckily, those shots ended in clean misses.
-The 6.5mm bullets suitable for hunting also have high BC bullets. This can aid the younger hunter when shots are extended. Most likely, a long shot for them would be under 400 yards. But even at 300 yards, some adjustment needs to be made with a 200 yard zero or a low hit will occur.
In my eyes, the ultimate youth rifle is a Remington Model 7 or 700 with a short stock in a .260 with handloaded 120, 130, or 140gr bullets.
Also, just my 2 cents!