That .25 caliber is a stylish little round, based on the granddaddy of our modern high-power cartridges, the 7x57 Mauser, and is great in a youth rifle, particularly when downloaded to minimize recoil. (For practice rounds, I load 100-grain Barnes TSX bullets in front of 23 grains of H4895. At 1,840 fps they are softer than a pussycat to shoot.) The .257 has more mystique than the .243, 7mm-08, and other cartridges that stick to the middle of the road. So, of course, I had one custom-built for him—you only get one first “real” gun after all. My good friend Jeff Sipe, then head honcho at Montana Rifle Co., made a left-handed bolt gun with a shortened stock that fit Jack perfectly. It became his pride and joy, and he put in a lot of time dry-firing it off pillows in our house because it was too heavy for him to hold on his own for more than a shot or two.