I don't have the Marlin X7Y but I did give my daughter a Remington Model 7 Youth in .243 and my son a Model 7 Youth in 7mm-08 back when they started hunting. I liked the Model 7 Youth so much I did buy a Marlin X7Y but in .308 caliber for me. I liked the shorter length of both the Marlin and Remington rifles. It was perfect for hunting here in the woods. I since have sold the X7Y not because anything was wrong with it but to raise the funds for a Marlin .338MX when I had the chance to buy one. My children still have the Model 7's but if they didn't I wouldn't hesitate to buy them a Marlin X7Y. It's a well made rifle for the price, really a rifle where you get more than what you pay for IMHO. Lighweight, adjustable trigger, nice recoil pad and accurate to boot. Also I think the 7mm-08 is a highly underrated cartrige, it's one of the best deer rounds out there and in a pinch could be used for elk within practical ranges. I think you are giving your grandson a great gift .