My oldest son's first buck was with a .30/30. It was an impressive (for Texas) 8-pt and we had the head mounted. My youngest son has a .270, but wants to go "back" to the .30/30 since he finds it more fun to shoot. (no idea why, but who knows with teenagers)
Personal recommendation is the youth model Marlin in .243. My youngest son's first deer was with a Savage Model 11 in .243. He wasn't much more than 10 at the time, either. If he has the reach for an "adult" size stock, then so much the better - get him the full sized (adult) one. If you're going to go with a Savage, get the Model 110 series (Long Action) or Model 11 series (Short Action). The quality of workmanship and the options of Accu-Trigger and Accu-Stock (that came out AFTER my wife bought my rifle) are well worth the extra $$ to invest. (again, personal recommendation)
Best thing of all of this is that you're getting your son into a family adventure, one that he will remember for a lifetime. I still cherish the memories of hunting with my dad and my grandfather. I can only hope that someday, my children will have those same memories of hunting with me.
Best of luck with your son and your dad. Good hunting!!
Last edited by rdrader2002; 09-09-2011 at 12:21 AM.
Reason: Wrong Savage model for son's .243