I would absolutely recomend the .243 win. My son has hunted with one since he was 6 yrs. old (he is 13 now)and has averaged 8 to 10 deer a year with it. He killed his personal best last year deer wise and shot distance wise. 8pt 208 lbs. 198 yards and the deer took a dirt nap right there in his tracks. Since then he has made me video most of our hunts so he can watch himself on action.