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Old 07-25-2010, 06:42 PM
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need help picking out youth rifle

Well my son wants to start deer hunting with me, he is 7 years old 3'8" 40-50# and 9 1/2" of pull. I am stuck on what rifle to get that will last him for awhile. I was leaning towards a varmit rifle so the extra weight will reduce the recoil (he will be shooting out a shoot house). I also plan on getting started with reloading so maybe i can work up a low recoil round. Any help would be great.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:00 PM
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Re: need help picking out youth rifle

If you can find an old 788 Remngton in .243 it wouls serve him well. Load some light bullets for low recoil. The are short barreled and should be very inexpensive. The ones I have been around shot very well.

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Old 07-25-2010, 08:14 PM
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Re: need help picking out youth rifle

Remington makes a youth model 243 with a 20" barrel. The length of pull might still be too long for him (12.5"). You could cut the stock down and progressively glue it back on as he grows.

You could also just take a regular SPS and cut the stock down too.

In terms of ammo, Remington also makes a reduced recoil load for the 243 or you could make some light handloads.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:15 PM
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Re: need help picking out youth rifle

I even think a youth model rem 700 would do just fine.and in a 260rem it would really be a good loadable case to load up/down.but hey this is just my .02 worth.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:07 PM
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I even think a youth model rem 700 would do just fine.and in a 260rem it would really be a good loadable case to load up/down.but hey this is just my .02 worth.
I agree with Johnboy 110%. I have already decided to start my kids off with a .260. I think that it is a better choice than the .243.

-I don't feel that the .260 recoils much more than the .243. To me, the recoil difference is barely noticeable.

-You also have a little more room for error due to the heavier bullet. I know that bullet placement always trumps foot pounds, but we are talking about a youngster who is just starting out. They may not be have the patience or the experience to pass on a poor shot. Also, their nerves may get to them at the moment of truth. This happened to me more than once when I was first starting out. Luckily, those shots ended in clean misses.

-The 6.5mm bullets suitable for hunting also have high BC bullets. This can aid the younger hunter when shots are extended. Most likely, a long shot for them would be under 400 yards. But even at 300 yards, some adjustment needs to be made with a 200 yard zero or a low hit will occur.

In my eyes, the ultimate youth rifle is a Remington Model 7 or 700 with a short stock in a .260 with handloaded 120, 130, or 140gr bullets.

Also, just my 2 cents!
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:08 PM
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Re: need help picking out youth rifle

Thanks for the replies..... I think I will end up cutting the stock to fit him unless I can find a stock like the howa axiom that is adjustable...... how do yall feel about getting a heavy varmit rifle with the stock cut to fit him vs an actually youth rifle.

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Old 07-26-2010, 05:12 AM
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Re: need help picking out youth rifle

The weight is the only thing I would be concerned with. It may get to be too much unless he will be doing his hunting from a stand where he can get a good rest. That would reduce the recoil significantly.
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