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Starter Rifle for grandson

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I want to pick up a gun for my grandson who will be 13 yrs. old next season for varmint/deer. He's not big for his age so something in a low recoil caliber and relatively short LOP would be appropriate. We'll be hunting in northern NY woods 100yds.or less will be the norm. I like the idea of a single for safety reasons and non-intimidating starter. Would a Marlin or Winchester pump in 30/30 be a decent starter?

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I'd vote for the TC carbine also, but not in .30-30. Nothing wrong with the .30-30, except the recoil. I bought my son-in-law a .243 and he took a beautiful buck with it at a little over 300 yds. The .243 is a great deer cartridge that will double as a varmint round in the off season. The recoil is low, and the killing power is more than adequate for deer.
Available bullet selection is good whether you reload or not. You can get them as light as 75 grs, and as heavy as 135 grs., and everything inbetween. The ammo is reasonable, and on sale every fall!
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