My son is about to turn 14 and will be applying for his own FAC (he's had the forms printed out for at least a year ) so that he can legitimately stalk deer with me, with his own rifle. He's been shooting since he was old enough to hold the gun straight and is a safe and accomplished hunter in his own right, so I have no problem with supporting him in his application. He intends to ask for a .22LR for vermin shooting and a deer calibre. As we have access to Fallow and Red deer in addition to Roe and Muntjac, obviously it needs to be larger than .240
As I shoot a .270 - which is a bit fierce for him still - I'm not sure what calibres to look at for him. I'm not a massive fan of the .243 myself but it might be a good 'youth' calibre - not too much recoil to put him off or affect accuracy. I also thought 6.5x55 might be a good choice too - mild mannered but capable? Any other choices I should consider for his first C/F rifle
Lastly, given the above, what rifles should I look at? He's about 5'4" and fairly slender framed (doesn't take after his father ) so it needs to be a light rifle with a compact build. I was thinking about the Remington Model Seven if calibre choice allows, but what other small rifles are out there?
Budget is flexible - not that he knows that - as I'd rather make the right choice rather than end up with a rifle that is a pig to shoot, thus risking putting him off.