Whats your sons LOP ? You know the old butstock in the elbow trick. once you know that change away.
Personally I recommend getting a 7mm-08 its the same case as a .308 but a touch less recoil and great ballistics for its size, plus you can shoot a wide variety of 7mm bullets accurately. As for the rifle Remington makes a inexpensive youth model in 7mm-08 that with a new stock could easily become an adult rifle as he grows.
Well I got my 14 year old to the range today with his new .308 Tikka. I loaded up 5 rounds of 165gr Nosler Ballistic Tips with 44gr of RL15. This is listed as a max load in the Nosler manual and is what he was shooting previously. I also loaded up 15 rounds of various powder weight in RL15 with 165gr North Fork softs.
After bore sighting the gun, I used two of the BT's and then adjusted the scope to put the POI at approximately 2" high and centered. I then handed it over to the boy. Before letting him shoot I made sure he was in a good shooting position and able to properly through the scope and imparting and overload of fatherly shooting wisdom to the sheer boredom of my son. :bored2: He was growing impatient and wanted to shoot, so fine, show me what you can you do hotshot! So here's his first 3 shot group.
So what am I going to say to that? I'd say he's taken to the new rifle pretty well! :whoo:
This is the best NF load grouping which was at the minimum end of the powder charges I loaded. As the charge went up, the group opened up so time to work the other direction. While not as impressive as the BT load, it's still under an inch and I think we've got something to work with.
Looks good so far! That first group doesn't get much better than that. Looks like you have a good starting point.
Looks real good. Now to group then like that on the side of some critter!
Now that you have the load figured out. It's field position time. Sticks,offhand,sitting,knelling,prone shooting off limbs ect should be a blast literaly. Form from the beginning will make for a fine rifleman. Good luck and Dont forget to throw in unknown distances.
He's gaining confidence and I think that's the best thing.
Phil, great to hear your son is doing well with the rifle, our weather has been great the last few days to get out and do some stuff outside. You son is luckly to have a dad to teach him to shoot and hunt. Be proud, he has a great role model.
I think I learned something myself in this. As I don't have a scope for his rifle yet, I put my 6.5-20 Zeiss that I use on my Coues rifle on his rifle for the time being. I put the scope at 10x when he was setting up for his 200 yard off the sticks shot. Well of course he wanted it set to 20. I started to say no, but in a momentary event of thinking, I said okay go ahead knowing what would happen. Well he of course had trouble finding the target and figured it out himself that he should back the scope back down. I'd prefer he followed my lead, but I guess a kid sometimes has to make his own mistakes and will learn from them.