Re: recoil question.
For what it's worth I went from a 22 to a 30-06. Not the best choice at the time, but it didn't kill me. I shot a deer with that 30-06 when I was 12.
I understand the stepping stones, but come on now. Most people don't have that king of asinal.
One thing that must be remembered is that everyone is different. Some kids have no problems with 12 gauge shotguns and 30-06's. Others have problems with anything over a 410 or 223.
The biggest factor I have ever noticed the the report of the shot being fired. Hearing protection will make a bigger difference than say 308 vs 30-06. Take away the noise, and it's nothing more than a bump on the shoulder.
One last thing. Stop worrying about it. Telling your kid it's going to kick their arse will make them flinch knowing ole man told me it would. Instead of telling them it will kick harder, tell them to hold the stock tight, take aim and squeeze.
The first time I shot a high powered rifle was my uncles 30-06 when I was around 9-10 years old. He didn't tell me it would hurt me. Just told me to hold tight and squeeze. I didn't have any problems other than the scope bite I got because I didn't hold tight. He took a couple more shots to calm me down, and I haven't had a problem since I realized the bite was my fault.
I notice that many people go from a gun with near zero recoil to gun with a lot. That is where some problem may accure. I will say a 20 gauge shotgun is a good way to start out. Just enough to know there is recoil, but not enough to hurt you. Take him out for squirrels, and the rest will be history.
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