I have not let my kids shoot bigger rifles at young ages due to my own childhood experiences. With that being said I think I have scared them a bit. I bought my 11 year old 85 lb kid a 7-08 and my family got me a .243. We went shooting and my 11 year old did not want to shoot his rifle, so I said it is 100% ok, try my .243 later. He was ok with that until his mom shot his 7-08. He felt he needed to be a man I guess and decided to shoot his 7-08, without any pressure from any of us. After his first shot with his 7-08 he started giggling and laughing. He is now hooked! To those looking for a kids rifle I believe this is a great caliber in recoil and performance. We have the very same rifle in .243 and 7-08 and mentaly he would rather shoot his 7-08 due to his percieved felt recoil. I can't feel a differance between the 2 but I have shot a .338 for over 20 years so it is hard for me to discern any differance. Just putting informatoin out there.