Sounds like you're on the right track. Of the choices you mentioned, I'd get the Remington. OTOH, there's no shame w/ the Vanguard as it seems like a fine rifle. I'm reserving judgment on the Axis for right now until I have some personal experience w/ it.
Has anyone here shot a 308 with reduced recoil loads? If you have what would you compare it to recoil wise? Any experiences good or bad with any of these? TIA
When my son first started hunting at 11 y/o w/ a 308 Win, I worked up a reduced recoil load using the 125 Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet at 2400 fps. He killed 5 deer w/ it. Moved him to full power loads at 15 y/o. Planned on moving to full power one year earlier, but stayed w/ the lesser loads as he suffered a broken collar bone playing football. (He still killed 2 deer that year.) Reduced recoil loads still have some kick to them, but not bad. The 308 Win reduced recoil load he shot was about like a full power 243. I'd think that reduced recoil loads in 7-08 and 308 would be nearly indistiguishable.
Other things to consider:
-Yes, be sure the stock fits him. The main consideration is the length of pull. You may end up using a youth stock now and moving to an adult stock in a few years.
-Consider a "sissy bag" the first few times he shoots the gun. Place a small sand bag between the buttstock and his shoulder.
-At the range, use plugs AND muffs.
-Get a GOOD recoil pad installed (or do it yourself if you're a little bit handy). I used "Limbsaver."
I hope you and your son have a great many hunts. Some of my best memories w/ my son are hunting related.
This post was edited on 12/12 at 3:01 pm