I'm 28 yrs old and have had my .243 ruger since I was 12. I've shot 30-30, 30-06,.308, M1, 270, 270 WSM, 355H&M, 300WSM, 7mm. But, I will tell you this. For carrying in the woods, exit hole, accuracy, long range capability, youth rifle, weight; you can't beat the .243. I still use it for the brunt of my hunting. For some reason I just keep grabbing this rifle on my way out the door instead of everything else in my cabinet. I can tack nails with this gun and at long ranges too. The recoil is next to nothing and you can quickly acquire the target after firing. Still-hunting or stalking with this gun, you don't even know its there. As long as you stress accuracy over "knocking em down with a shoulder shot" you won't regret the damage a 100 grain nosler ballistic can do on thin skinned game like whitetail. You shouldn't ruin meat with shoulder shots anyways!!! Put those brush guns away boys and get yourself a .243, your son won't regret it for years to come. Of course I wouldn't take this gun elk hunting though!![:D][:D]
"I enjoy and become completely immersed in the challenge and the increased opportunity to become for a time a part of nature. Deer hunting is a classical exercise in freedom. It�s a return to fundamentals that I distinctly feel are basic and right"-F.B.