Brace up -- 30.06.
Just kidding ... but it will bring down darn near anything.
? Not one 30-30 recommendation?
I'm sorry, folks but I can't resist:
Imagine you’re a deer. You’re prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water… BAM! A flying bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a rip what kind of gun the young lady who shot you was using?
Apologies to Marisa Tomei.
Like Brett mentioned, 6.5 Grendel would do nicely. If you have one lying around a 250-3000 Savage, 257 Roberts loaded down a little, 243 maybe with a light recoil load, all should suit a young shooter without too much recoil. A 223/6mm would do nicely as well but hard to find. Watch the scope eyepiece distance. Inexperienced shooters have a tendency to "crawl up" on the scope. Sometimes I line the eye bell with small rubber hose for a new shooter or hard kicking rifle. My two cents.
My 2 cents.
Most guns out shoot most people.
Taurus PT 92 series.
Well, back when I was a teeny tiny scrawny kid my dad had me carry one of his 12g with slugs. After puberty, he let me carry a 30-30 then bought me my own Marlin in 44MAG. No considerations given to recoil - he let me shoot each before carrying into the woods - just a quick reminder before he cut me loose on my own. None of my kids have ever shot a 22LR Rifle. For hunting my dad loaned out a 30-30 to the oldest and I loaned my 44 Mag to the next oldest while I moved to a 30-06. And, yep, with his first shot with the 44 Mag he got a black eye via the scope but learned not to do that anymore.
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