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Old 07-12-2011, 10:29 PM
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advice on a deer rifle for my son

Im looking for a rifle and caliber for my 6 yr old son. Im thinking of a NEF handi rifle 22-250 or 44 Mag. Shots will be from 25 to 100 yards. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:39 PM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

22LR for lots of economical practice and to keep it fun.

For deer, go with the 223 in a light varmint barrel and possibly a brake.

22-250 doesn't buy you anything at 100yds over the 223. It's just more expensive to shoot.

He'll be hooked. Been there, done that with my son. It's very rewarding.

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Old 07-12-2011, 11:10 PM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

I'd say get a rifle he can grow into and use throughout his life.

The .260 Rem has very mild recoil but can be tuned into a 1000yd deer or antelope rifle very easily.

I went through something similar with a friend many years ago. He'd put both he and himself in for the draw for Elk Permits in NM.

They both drew up.

For him we bought a light sporter 700bdl rem in 7mm mag.

I had him cut the stock down to fit the boy, and save the cut off block. I also had him undercut by about 10 degrees shorter on the bottom so as to help cut down with muzzle flip directing more of the force straight backward.

I then worked up some very light loads using if I remember right 110gr sierra's.

The kid had zero problems handling the rifle and shot very well with it. I got a call after the first night of the hunt from the happiest kid in NM. He'd just taken his first game animal, and it was a very nice cow elk killed at a measured 327 yds.

As the kid grew up dad simply had the cut off piece put back on the stock, and the kid started shooting factory "normal loads".

Remington offers some reduced recoil loads I believe for the .260 and coupled with a nice muzzle brake your kid should be able to handle them fine.

I would say look at one of the varmint packages as the heavier barrel will help a bit with felt recoil; although you may end up having to carry it for him.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

Like Wildrose said, 260 Rem is a great cartridge as are 223, 7RM, and many others.

If you're going to be a one-gun family, then be more selective about the caliber.

Otherwise, 223 is plenty of gun and fun for a 6yo. My son's 15 now and eventhough he has more rifles and calibers to choose from than a camel has fleas, he often reaches for that old Steyr Manlicher 223 just for the fun of it.

Also as Wildrose points out, the fit of the rifle, weight, and a muzzle brake all add up to a fun rifle to shoot.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:53 AM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

I don't know where you live but in Wy and Co you have to have a 243 or larger Cal to hunt big game such as deer. I like my 25-06 and started my son on that Cal.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:54 AM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

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I don't know where you live but in Wy and Co you have to have a 243 or larger Cal to hunt big game such as deer. I like my 25-06 and started my son on that Cal.
good point!

223 is legal in TX. 243 Win or 260 Rem would be my next choices. But, 25-06 is a fine cartridge.

6yo is very young and lots more practice and enjoyment can be had with a 22LR.

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:33 AM
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Re: advice on a deer rifle for my son

What's wrong with the old tried and true 30/30 win. in just about any rifle platform you want????
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