I bought my nine yr old son the youth H&R single shot .243 for the 08 deer season. He has taken 4 deer with it since, one of them at 140 yards. Great rifle for him. Fits him just right. I put a 40mm scope on it to gather the most light. He also took a nice 6pt with a T/C Encore 7mm-08. Light recoil and a lotta punch. Both the .243 and 7mm-08 have a light recoil but pack enough punch to put the smack down on any whitetail making the mistake of being on the business end of these rifles. Just my opinion. Oh, I gotta say it is a thrill to watch your son or daughter putting the smack down by the way.