Here is a pic of my 11yo, "not so little anymore" little guy toting his great grandfather's, grandfather's, father's and someday his Marlin 30-30 on his first multi-day hunt with the guys. He toted that old thing up and down the hills like a champ.
I shot my first deer with that rifle some 28 odd years ago, my father his- some 50 odd years ago, my grand-dad and his brother killed a whole pile of deer for years with the rifle as well. Admittedly, not the best rifle choice for a Nelchina caribou, but he likes it and in some way I think his departed grandfather would have liked that fact too.
Great hunt with JohnnyB, even though we couldn't close the deal on a critter- we saw some great critters and had a great time.