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Old 12-28-2012, 11:58 AM
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What youth rifle for my son?

My son just turned 10 years old. He has been shooting .22's and his little .410 for a couple of years now. I am looking to get him his first deer rifle. Just not sure which one to go with. He is a little guy @ 55# right now. The length of pull on most of the "youth" rifles is just to long. He needs something in the 11.5" range. The other factor is that money is an issue. I don't want to buy him junk but I also can't afford any kind of custom rifle. Any ideas on what would be a good starting out rifle? I am thinking 7mm-08 as a caliber but not completely set on that.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:11 PM
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My son just turned 10 years old. He has been shooting .22's and his little .410 for a couple of years now. I am looking to get him his first deer rifle. Just not sure which one to go with. He is a little guy @ 55# right now. The length of pull on most of the "youth" rifles is just to long. He needs something in the 11.5" range. The other factor is that money is an issue. I don't want to buy him junk but I also can't afford any kind of custom rifle. Any ideas on what would be a good starting out rifle? I am thinking 7mm-08 as a caliber but not completely set on that.
OK this is pretty simple. Get a youth or woman's model with a wood stock and then cut it down to what he needs. 18" barrel and a small profile sound great to me, no real reason to go bigger than a 243, Savage would be my choice as almost all of it can be done in the garage.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:48 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Thanks for the info. Didn't think about cutting the stock down. I still think that the 7mm-08 will be a little more versitile as he grows. Plus it will give a little better knock down on these big mulies. Savage was were I was leaning.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:59 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Savage SA in whatever caliber you choose. Cut the stock, Then as he grows you can rebarrel to whatever and restock. Lots of stocks and barrels cheap as castoffs. Whatever you get buy a brake too. Even a 7mm-08 will be a handful in a lightweight gun without a brake, a 300 ultra is a puppy with one. A 270 wsm or a 260 might be a good choice too.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:46 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

I've been looking at the Ruger compacts for the same reasons. Length of pull listed at 12 & 3/4"overall length I think is 35". I don't think they make the 260 anymore, but I've got my eye on a used one. If it's there at tax return time I think temptation may get the better of me.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:54 PM
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I was just thinking about something. I have a 6.5x55 swed in my safe that is built on an old mauser action with a 20" barrel and a cabine sized stock. It was given to me by my father in law and it is so short that it just does not fit me well so I have never shot it. Not sure how he shot it because he was a lot bigger than me. How is the recoil of this round?
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Do you hand load ? You would be hard pressed to beat a 260 for a beginner. A little more whump with virtually no more recoil and better downrange performance (study ballistic tables for the two). Added downrange performance becomes more and more important as he starts reaching out futher with it as he gains experience, and this will happen much quicker than you think if he shoots very much. If you don't hand load and 260 ammo isn't stocked in your locale you can always order it. It is much more readily available than most think.
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