First I'm very glad to have misunderstood about your dad, tickled he is OK. I'm in the beginning stages of helping a 10 year old friend get started so this is how I plan to proceed. We'll work the .22's and .223 a bit, but I've got a 30-06 I plan to have him in before summer ends. 1) Make sure it's clean for real, every one on this site has probably got a good deal on a rifle that wouldn't shoot and did nothing but clean it to have a good shooter. 2) Verify all screws scope, and stock are tight. Stripping the heads or knuckles not necessary. 3) This particular rifles crown needs to be freshened a bit, and I'm going to put a muzzle brake
on, something with no ports out the bottom a little more prone friendly. 4) Reloading, it's best to start with quality components, but there are differences of opinion what that means. The Lapua brass I ordered got here today, bullets will be 168 grain match hybrids. I have no experience with the brass or bullet, but it will help keep it interesting for me, and those 2 companies maintain a presence on this site. I'll start bottom of the chart and strive for good 100 yard groups, when that's good we'll move to 200, and so on, as well increase charge as we go. Chronograph helpful but not absolutely necessary. Anyway thats pretty much it.