Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter
You're speaking black bear right? The .243 is plenty when running a good bullet. The 80grain Barnes TTSX or the 85grain TSX would be first on my list. A muzzle brake can be installed for little to no $$$. As said about, it has to be fun for the guy. Whatever you do, keep the recoil down enough as to NOT induce a flinch.
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