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Old 03-18-2013, 12:34 AM
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caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

I could use some help. My oldest boy will be going on his first hunt in spring of 2014. It will be a bear hunt. He will only be 9 and he is not that big. I bought him a 243 to get started shooting but when I load bullets heavier than 75gr he doesnt like to shoot. He says they kick to much. The rifle is a savage and easy to rebarrel. I am not against a muzzle break but if I do that should I look at a little bigger caliber. He shot my buddies 6.5 creedmoor that is muzzle broke and he liked that even with 130gr loads. Is there some good bullets for the 243 for bear? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

Its got to be fun. If he has something he likes to shoot he'll practice. Bears come in lots of sizes, and get hunted all kinds of ways. It looks like you're from Oregon so I think you're like Washington spot and stalk is what you have left. Consider his skills how far would you let him shoot? If a 6mm was what I was going with it would be loaded the Barnes 80gr TSX.
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

TSX or Partition 80g+ drop the charge weight to minimum and keep shots inside 100m.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:47 AM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

I have thought about the barnes 80gr. The partition never crossed my mind though. I will have to look at both of them again. Any thoughts on a better short action caliber. Or maybe a light wieght 308 bullet. I am in the middle of building a heavy barrel 308 which already has a muzzle break. It should be completed in a month or two. Would this be a better choice to think about. It will have an ar type stock and should fit him a little better but is twice the weight.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:51 PM
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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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Old 03-21-2013, 03:31 PM
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Thanks outlaw. I am going to order a new youth stock for the 243 and some barnes bullets. The newer youth stocks have soft but pads where as the one I bought a few years back ( for my neice) has a hard plastic but plate.we will be hunting black bears. I always try to keep it fun for all the kids I take out. That is the key to getting youngsters to enjoy shooting. My son is so excited this hunt in a year is all he talks about. The anticipation is killing him.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:39 PM
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That should have said from my neice not for her. She out grew it.
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