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Old November 17, 2012, 09:23 AM   #21
phil mcwilliam
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While a 243 has little recoil for an inexperienced shooter to tolerate,you have to remember this is for an 8 year old kid. I may be in the minority here, but if you are considering ways of reducing recoil on a 243 for a youngster to handle, then maybe a 243 is a bit too much.
A 222 or 223 may be more suited for an 8 year olds first centerfire(even then under strict supervision), and in my experience are also considerably quieter to shoot. I know kids vary considerably but maybe start on a 222/223 & move on to 243/30-06 territory once the kid has become proficient in a few years time.
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