My son(turns 10 16th of this month) has been shooting a Savage .243 for a few years now, BUT, since I reload, I started him using the "Youth loads" listed here: http://www.hodgdon.com/data/youth/243win_y.php Notice they use the SSP(Single Shot Pistol) bullets which are designed (in lighter weight)(and YES they ARE big game bullets..and tested on them as well) for the Encore/Contender single shot pistols(thus less recoil than you'd want in a rifle) By using H4895(the ONLY powder you should reduce by THIS MUCH!!) you get a very accurate/low recoiling load that will take deer out to 200 yards(much farther than she's likely to shoot for a year or two) IF you can go this route then By All means read the info on the above site, IF nothing else this gives you a VERY good excuse to get into reloading(and you can buy a Lee Anniversary Kit, for a very good price!) Get some .243 dies, (you'll need a case trimmer guage(ask they'll "fix you up" the Lee system of trimming cases is IMHO the easiest and it's not very expensive either....for SOME reason, I find .243 cases need trimming more than any other rifle I reload for)(again it's very easy to do the "Lee way") And you could reload for your 'yote loads easily enough for an "added bonus"! How can you beat that? IF you decide to do this, I think you(and more importantly she, ) will be glad that you did,I will warn you though; it can be addictive(reloading) although I'm not sure that is a "bad thing". <hr noshade size="1"> I'd rather be lucky than good any day!! Reloaders Haul Brass!