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Youth rifle recommendation...

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Unread 11-08-2011, 11:32 PM
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Youth rifle recommendation...

I'm looking for suggestions on which rifle caliber you would recommend for the following application:

- Youth (starting age 12-14, but something they could grow into as well)
- Big game (deer obviously, but also something they could use to take down an elk at moderate range with proper practice - maybe around 500 yds)
- Tame recoil (with the help of a brake and a good butt pad, I need something that isn't going to scare a new hunter away)

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Unread 11-09-2011, 12:42 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

My son was still 14 when he shot this doe with a 7RM Sendero:
First Long Range Kill

The weight of a Sendero and the brake make a huge difference.

He had already been shooting about 4 years working up from 22LR, 223, 25-06, to 308.

In any case, you want to keep it fun. e.g. 22LR with reactive targets such as balloons or water jugs

243 Win or 260 Rem would be great choices.

Get a 7RM or 300 WM for yourself and let him borrow it when he works his way up to 500yd Elk.

-- richard
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Unread 11-09-2011, 09:35 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

.243 winchester, 6mm remington, .243 wssm, .240 weatherby mag, .250 savage, .25 wssm, .257 roberts, .25-06 and the old timer 30-30 would be a number of choices.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 09:40 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

Here ya go: Howa/Hogue Youth 2?N?1 & Scope Package Combo

Comes with a youth stock and an adult stock.

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Unread 11-09-2011, 09:43 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

Just built my 13 year old son a .257 Roberts and he loves it. He also hunts with my 6.5 WSM but it's a little heavy for him. Any of the above mentioned cartridges would be great, other than the 7 Mag. I started at 12 with a 7 mag and learned to flinch very well. I'm sure with a muzzle break and practice it would be fine....
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Unread 11-09-2011, 10:18 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

I always seem to err on the side of the 243 mainly because that's what most of the young hunters in my area cut their teeth on. As an aside I've never seen one harvest elk at 500, nor would I strongly suggest it. However I watched more than just a couple elk die in the under 200 yard category from a well placed 243. With the addition of quality bullets like the new 95grain accubond I think you could stretch a little further.

With the addition of a brake, pretty much any caliber under 30 would be fairly light in the recoil category. It may sound a little weird but my 7 rum with a good brake has virtually no felt recoil with 150's. Its muzzle blast is enough to level the guy sitting next to me, but the recoil is non existent. With the muzzle brake option just figure out what kind of bullet you want to launch and find the cheapest to load round that launches it. Then let your son do what 12-14 year olds do best, pull the trigger a lot.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 10:40 AM
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Re: Youth rifle recommendation...

I have to say a 243 with 100 grain partitions is a pretty hard to beat youngster elk rifle. I have seen my sister kill a LOT of elk with hers, on out to 350 yards. I dont know that 500 yards would be the best choice for it. However i think itll prove to be a great beginner rifle, and I believe Howa sells them with an adult and youth stock so thats kinda cool. I like Tikka's myself. Also if you can find one in a 6.5x55 then a 130-140 accubond would be great for elk.

" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - My Dad
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