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Old 08-22-2011, 03:07 AM   #1
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Looking for recommendations for my 12 year old sons first Elk hunt. He is only about 97 lbs and 4ft 9. I was thinking a 243, but I know there are probably some better options.

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Old 08-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #2
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I really like the 243 and 22-250, although I am not an advocate of one for elk I guess. I don't know much about your son's shooting skills, but could he shoot a 270 you think? You could then get a little bigger slug in there and might be advantagous. There are a lot of people on here that have a lot more knowledge of other not so familiar calibers that I am curious to hear myself.

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Looking for recommendations for my 12 year old sons first Elk hunt. He is only about 97 lbs and 4ft 9. I was thinking a 243, but I know there are probably some better options.
My sugestion would be a Remington Youth 700 in 7mm-08. Good enough for anything in North America and milder shooting than other options. Plus when he grows up you can switch out the stock for a full sized nice aftermarket like a Bell & Carlson and he'll have a nice rifle he can be proud off and you can sell the youth stock on Gunbroker or keep it for the grandkids someday.
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Just get the kid a heavy .308 the kick will be very mild. Also if it is to much he can shoot remington recoil managed rounds. One other soulution is a limbsaver butt pad works wonders, even just the slip on ones.

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If he gets a chance to shoot at an elk, the recoil of a 308 will not be felt.

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I would seriously look at the 308 or 270 for his elk hunt. And as they advised he could get a full size stock later as he gets older. Both are excellent hunting calibers. No doubt an elk can be killed with a 243 if all the circumstances including distance and shot placement is perfect. But actually a little light in my opinion for elk. Due to minimum recoil I would suggest the above calibers. And in addition I would only let him shoot a few rounds at a time when zeroing or practicing prior to the hunt. Obviously when he squeezes the trigger on the elk he will never feel or for that matter probably hardly hear anything.

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I'll second the 7mm-08,it's a great caliber and has plenty of energy to down an elk,with a small recoil factor.Plus you can even get it in youth models so the stock will fit your sons frame better.

Browning,Savage,and Remington all have youth models in 7mm-08.

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I'll second the 7mm-08,it's a great caliber and has plenty of energy to down an elk,with a small recoil factor.Plus you can even get it in youth models so the stock will fit your sons frame better.

Browning,Savage,and Remington all have youth models in 7mm-08.
marlin has the youth sized rifles in the XS7 series. they carry it in 243, 308, and 7mm-08. these are very nice rifles and not very expensive. they shoot very nice and are very accurate. plus as others have said, you could switch the stock on any of these later as your son gets older, and the youth models of marlins even have a 22" barrel.
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I too have a 12 year-old who will be hunting this year. I'm thinking I will try and find him a Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55, cut down the stock, add a recoil pad, and mount a low magnification scope.

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This is a 243 setup i got for the wife- I'd go 308 or 30'06 or similiar for elk tho-
Mossberg Youth model ( set up for either youth or adult) Simple 3x9x40 Tasco optics - Only about $300 invested & its holding up great so far

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