Single shot vs. Bolt with detachable mag.
-Bolt action. If you only want him to have one shot, only load one bullet.
Open sights vs scope
-Scope. Leave the open sights for shotguns
Traditional scope vs red dot
Mag pistol caliber vs traditional rifle caliber
-Traditional rifle caliber with managed recoil loads (.30-06, .308, or .270 IMO)
Muzzle brake vs stock barrel
Youth model with shortened composite or wood stock vs standard model wood stock cut down to fit.
-Standard wood cut to fit. That way, later on he can put a full-size on it and be good to go.
Anyone have experience with the Rossi 243/20 ?
-No personal experience but have heard bad things.
ETA: I would get him used to shooting something like an AR to see how he handles it, then move on to high powered rifles.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 3:15 pm