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Old 03-26-2013, 11:17 PM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

Both my 6 and 8 year olds are very good shooters. They had a 223 that I shortened for them and both could consistantly roll a pop can at 100-200 yards off my long stoney points. My 8year old can regulary hit my 6" gong at 500yards laying prone. Shooting is not new to him. Just hunting.

Also an update on the thread. I bought a 6.5 creedmoor yesterday for him to start practicing with if he likes it. Seems to be a better selection of bullets. Did get the barnes for the 243 but have not loaded them yet.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:52 AM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

a 129 partition out of the creedmore should be great.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:23 AM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

I will give the 129 partition a try. I love the 243 but the creedmoor seems like it will fit the bill a little better.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:20 AM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

I like the 6.5 creedmore. Load it with 120+ grainers of a tough construction and he'll be good to go. I was originally going to say a .260, but the 6.5 creed will fit the bill for sure.
Like you mentioned earlier, if it recoild too much put a brake on it.

I like the 6mm's as much as the next guy, but I know that if you run in to a big B.C bear you want something in at least 6.5. Not sure how big those Oregon bears get, but I assume similar.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:41 PM
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Re: caliber and bullet choice for young hunter

My daughter uses a 243 primarily for hunting and she shoots everything with it. We shoot praire dogs rock chucks coyotes and deer with it. That being siad when i took her bear hunting i had her shoot my 44 lever gun and she absolutely loved it. It does not have a sharp kick at all more of a push I let her practice alot with reduced recoil loads i loaded up. When hammer time came she dropped the hammer and never knew the difference. I think tho u made a excellent choice with the 6.5. Should work good and with the imposed limit on yardage it will work like a champ no doubt... Good luck show us the pictures when u are done the smile the kids have is the best part to me....
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 PM
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I loaded some light loads of 123gr amax's for the creedmoor and took my 6 year old out yesterday and let him shoot it (my oldest had school). Just layed across the bench shooting off sand bags he shot 6 rounds at 5 full pop cans ( I found that the kids really like to see what happens and it never gets old for the) at 100-125 yards. The smile on his face was priceless and the stories only got better when he told his older brother. it was a good day
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