Ok, my kids are still really young (oldest is 4), but I have been thinking about their first deer rifle when they get a somewhat older. I believe the 308 is a good caliber, but a bit much on the recoil side when they are young. I was thinking about maybe starting them off with a 243 or something similar and then graduate to a 308 when they get a little older. OTOH, I think the more they shoot/handle the same rifle they will get better with it. What do you think about starting them with the reduced recoil loads and just making sure they limit their range? Then they could use the same rifle as they get bigger/older and just use heavier loads for a little bit longer distance. I've got some years to figure this out, but it was on my mind and thought I would get the consensus on it.