I'm looking for recommendations for rifles for my 4 year old daughter and 7 year old son. Since Governor Walker just signed the law eliminating the hunting age requirement I don't want my kids to miss their 1st opening day. Need something with light recoil since the girl weighs about 40 pounds and the boy about 50. Need something I can pick up around Green Bay this week.
Rifles for kids
I did something similar to Lakeshiner - I reload for rifle (former high power competitive shooter). I bought both of my daughters .243's when they started hunting. Began with light 55 gr bullets for targets and then went up to a light powder load with a 100 gr partition - plenty good enough for WI forest distances. Both have a number of one shot kills to their credit. Did the same with my son, but started him with a .308 - maybe a little sexist, but he was not as recoil sensitive as the girls. But started with light bullets for targets and went up to 150 gr partitions - again with a light load.
When it comes time for a deer rifle, I HIGHLY recommend the Savage Axis. bought my son his, chambered for .243, in '16 and he took 2 deer that year. Had chances last year but passed, wanted a buck.
Great gun and affordable price too. Only downside was the original scope was crap and we replaced it with a Bushnell Banner 3X9. Well worth it.
Looks like fun. I bought a Savage Rascal for my son as well. I got the scope mount for it right away too and threw on an old scope. Gun is so small the scope kind of looks funny but works well. He shoots really good with it. Been using the subsonic rounds since they are pretty quiet, doesn't annoy the neighbors.
My wife has an older Browning Micro A-Bolt 7mm-08 that my son can shoulder perfectly fine as well now. Its one of the smallest deer rifles I've seen or used in terms of the overall length. My FIL being into reloading, came up with a reduced round that lessens the recoil but will still cleanly kill a deer. Not going to buy a box of those at the store though either so you'd have to know someone who has all that equipment and really knows that sort of thing.