Okay gents, I need a little help deciding on a rifle for my 14 year old. He's a bit on the small side for his age, but if his feet are any indication of the near future, he's going to take a growth spurt. I have bee giving strong thought to a Winchester FW Compact as it has a 13" LOP that I'm sure would fit him well. But if he goes on that growth spurt, he may grow out of it before he even gets to hunt with it. The picture is of him holding my Tikka in .300WM, no he isn't going to shoot that anytime soon. I have another Tikka in .223 that he has shot off the bench with little trouble, I just grabbed this rifle as it was the first one in view of my two Tikkas. But I attached the picture for you all to look at and let me know if it appears too big for him at this point. So that's question number 1. Question number 2 is caliber. He has shot full power 165gr .308 Win loads with little trouble and he's quite accurate. I was leaning towards staying with that caliber, but the limitation of course is not being able to go up to 200gr loads sometime in the future. And I'm a little concerned of the twist rates in the .308 Win and shooting 180gr loads. So now I'm giving thought to the .30-06 for him. I would probably continue him with 165gr loads for the time being and move him up later to 180's. I also like the Tikka because it's much more affordable, has a fiberglass stock that I won't fuss at him for scratching up, and those T3's are just accurate. So what are your thoughts my AH amigos?