I want to get a reloading kit. Awesome to hear you're taking out the youngins' to get them comfortable in the environment.
Nice choice on thinking .243 and .270 UO. Highly recommend them. What brands are you looking at?
To the TGTAP users not familiar with firearms, .243 and .270 are calibers I recommend to everyone for a good amount of situations, but with recommending calibers it all comes down to what the needs are and what medium(s) will be applied, whether that's recreational target shooting, hunting, competition, you name it(though I can't think of others). Bottom of the line factor in what you need over your wants. a 30-06 does not NEED to be your first gun.
.243 is perfect for the tiny black tail we get around here, but I just bought a rifle in .270 and slapped a 3x9 Leupold on it(9 days into the 10 day period, getting it tomorrow. God damn it's a beautiful rifle, will take a picture for you UO when I get it). We're talking humane kills, minimal meat damage with good shot placement and if I decide to hunt bigger game I can with better conscious. Plus I'm a hell of a shot with a .270.
Not really sure where you're living so I can't talk on the meat you have near you. If you're hunting, since you're looking into .270, read up on .300WSM. Short actions shedding off a little weight making long hunting trips easier and a high range of bullet choices for allowance to be able to pick off a wide range of animal and damn, do they put things down.
Will be glad to hear from you when we can.
Edited by Nate10, 04 February 2014 - 08:11 PM.