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Postby chipmunk » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:28 pm

Is there such a thing as a youth rifle? also, what caliber would be good for my 13 yr old, small kid. we are going white tail hunting in PA this year. he shoots a mossberg 20ga bantam for ducks. i am concered about killing him with recoil.
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Re: Youth

Postby Sandman3400 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:06 am

There are youth rifles made by most of the major manufacturers. Mostly bolt actions. My dad started me with a .243 when I was 10 years old. Worked pretty good. In fact, I never bothered to move up to a bigger rifle, and I am 40 now.
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Re: Youth

Postby apexhunter » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:59 pm

A good starter rifle is the H&R Handi rifle in .243 or 7mm-08 for youth. They are single shot so it is easy to control and not have to worry about bolts; they are pretty accurate for the price you pay (I shot a friend's .243 at 426 yards and got respectable groups earlier this year) and they are not cumbersome and heavy. Plus you can keep them for a plinking rifle if he moves up to something bigger.
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Re: Youth

Postby TopWop » Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:33 pm

My little cousin got a Weatherby vanguard 270 WSM
a couple years ago. He is pretty small for his age,
and handles it just fine. Shot one deer at about 350 yrds,
one shot and dropped. His Sister got a Howa 7mm-08 last year.
She is afraid of heavy recoil guns and has no problem with it.
I've "rung the gong" at 500 yards with both these rifles at
the local range. Fun calibers to shoot, won't drain the bank.
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Re: Youth

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:50 am

If legal in your state, a 60gr Nosler in a 22-250 will kill deer but the 6mm dia. 243 is the minimum that
should be used to take the chances of a wounded deer out of the picture, with the extra energy and penetration
that this cartride can deliver.

There might even be "Reduced Recoil" deer loads for this caliber Remingtons bigger bullets
in the .270 and 30-06.
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