Ok so I am looking for an excuse to buy another rifle for my 3 (ages 4-9) kids to shoot a lot (or myself I am being totally honest). I have a .22lr bolt action (CZ) and a handful of Ruger M77s in 22-250, .243, .308.
I am wanting my kids to transition from shooting the .22lr to a center fire caliber but still hoping for something that isn't $20/box to shoot. So maybe bulk ammo. What do people think would be a good bolt action caliber rifle for training? I don't reload. The .243 is what my kids will start shooting and I am hoping to give each of them their own .243 as a first rifle (perfect for Southeast AK Sitka Black-tail deer).
.223 or 7.62x39 or something else? I am leaning towards a CZ or another M77 but really the discussion is the cheap caliber to shoot, and something that I could buy a more expensive box of hunting rounds wouldn't hurt to make a case for one caliber or another either.