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Old 05-13-2012, 06:18 PM
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Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

I will be taking my daughter on her first hunt this year. We will likely go on a whitetail hunt on a lease near Llano TX and almost certainly a doe management hunt on private land here (below the Grand Mesa if it matters).

She has her own .22 and .410 and has shot my .223's, but honestly I have never shot any of the smaller centerfire chamberings other than .223 and .25-06. She is 8 and is learning to use a scope but the huge majority of her shooting has been with irons (or occasional red dot). She has never shot with a scope other than on my LeadSled.

I have a couple of .223's, but neither is appropriate (Stag M4 and a Rock River Varminter). I have a Wby .25-06 but I think that is too much cartridge for her size and I am certainly not monkeying with the stock on it!


I am leaning toward .243 but have no idea of what actual felt recoil is like. Would probably put a Viper 3-9x on it, I have had good experience with them and have a friend who is a dealer.

I am willing to spend a little coin on the rifle as it SHOULD suit her for years and my 6 year old daughter will be ready to hunt in a couple of years too.

I don't want a crappy Rossi break action or bottom end Savage like most people buy their kids though.

I grew up shooting and am a decent shooter but I am sure I have bad habits to break and do not want to teach her any, plus I just bought a Wby AccuMark .30-378 so it would not hurt for me to hone my skills some, a good rifle shooting book would be probably not be a bad thing.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:29 PM
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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

Will it be used just for deer?
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:41 PM
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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

Deer, maybe javelina and hogs (I'll keep her on little pigs) and who knows; could be some yotes or p-dogs. (but for the latter two I can put her prone with my Varminter)

When it comes time for her to hunt elk (or a true muley buck hunt) I think she will be MUCH bigger, it is just a much harder hunt in my experience. The TX whitetail would likely be out of a stand and the doe hunts here would likely not be more than a couple hundred yard hike from the truck.

When it is time to step up to a larger caliber, it will probably be time to step up to a larger gun. I have no problem buying her a 7mag or .30 of some flavor in a few years, it's part of the fun!

I am certainly not trying to find her a "do-all" type gun, if I were that guy I wouldn't have a safe full of guns. Finding different guns for different tasks is part and parcel to this hobby.
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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

pic of me and my little hunter for good measure:

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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

I would get her a 6.5 Swede.....or a Rem 260 or something like that. I would add a quality break and let her focus on the shot.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:40 PM
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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

i use to hunt outside of llano when i lived in texas, used everything from a 243 to a 45-70 on deer and hogs out there and ill tell you that 243 will work just fine on a llano deer and my hog rifle of choice was a savage 22-250 shooting them behind the ear while they eat under a feeder was too easy.

do take an other look at savages as customizing them is not hard and wont brake the bank. i put together a 260 for my wife bought a stock painted it pink with black spider webbing looks sweet.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:39 PM
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Re: Youth rifle (and maybe book) suggestions

I would get her a 7mm-08 it has a HUGE selection of bullets and when the time comes she could take an elk or mule deer with no problem at a sane distance.
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