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Old 12-31-2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Check into the T/C contender. Youth stock (12" LOP & moderate caliber bbl.. (6.8 SPC or 7-30 waters) .. just instill importance of shot placement. It will offer many options for changing physique & ballistic need. You won't be disappointed. Jimmy
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My 260 has a 25" barrel and my grand son's has a 23" barrel. Can't speak to how much recoil or muzzle blast the 20" barrel will deliver compared to the longer ones. . That is an aspect that will need to be considered. Interesting point. Will be intersted in seeing what those who have used the shorter barrels have to say on this.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:38 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Some good options on the table. Here's another one... Vanguard youth.

Vanguard® Series 2 Synthetic Youth | Weatherby.com

At 10 My son killed his first deer with a 14" TC Contender 7-30waters with a break(red dot sight). By 11 he could handle my 45LC, 7STW with break, and .257wby. I was not going to chop the stocks on the 7 or .257, and the colt wheel gun only gave him a 25-30 yd range. We ended up purchasing the Weatherby Youth .243. Great gun that grows with them with the stock extenders. He can easily shoot under 1/2" at 100yards with handloads. As far as enough power, he took a nice 2 1/2 year old buck at 434 yards with a Berger 95g. Next morning took a 5 1/2 year old 245lb 4x4 whitetail at 170yds. I would get him the same rifle again if I was doing it over again. So far in 2 years he has taken 5 deer (ranges from 95-434yards) with the little rifle. Not one deer has went more than 25 yards. The recoil is light enough that he regularly will shoot 50 rounds on one range day and still have enough in him to practice with his bow for a hour befor heading home. We did make it easier for him with a Leupold VX3 4.5-14 CDS and a rangefinder to make adjustments.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:07 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

Thank you to everyone for their responses. Stil not exactly sure what I am going to do. I am leaning towards a full sized rifle and replacing the stock with a youth size. In this case I think I'll go with the 7mm-08 with a muzzle brake and a good recoil pad. This should tame it down enough for him to handle it well. But like I said i am still thinking it all over.
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Thank you to everyone for their responses. Stil not exactly sure what I am going to do. I am leaning towards a full sized rifle and replacing the stock with a youth size. In this case I think I'll go with the 7mm-08 with a muzzle brake and a good recoil pad. This should tame it down enough for him to handle it well. But like I said i am still thinking it all over.
Before you install the brake, you might try a reduced load with lighter bullets. It will probably be very tame. A brake will be helpful in keeping on target but it will also be loud. Not that big a deal on the bench, but in the field the boy will need to be wearing ear protection or take the time to put it on before shooting. just something to think about.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:38 PM
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Thank you to everyone for their responses. Stil not exactly sure what I am going to do. I am leaning towards a full sized rifle and replacing the stock with a youth size. In this case I think I'll go with the 7mm-08 with a muzzle brake and a good recoil pad. This should tame it down enough for him to handle it well. But like I said i am still thinking it all over.
That was the path I was going to take. By the time I purchased a youth stock, break, and better recoil pad I had met the price of the youth rifle. I figured he would shoot the youth for 3-5 years and than I would purchase him something or pass one of mine down to him when he turns 16. I spend the same amount of money but have 2 rifles not one rifle and a extra stock. Good luck in what ever path you take, the big thing is spending quality time with our kids.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:57 PM
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That was the path I was going to take. By the time I purchased a youth stock, break, and better recoil pad I had met the price of the youth rifle. I figured he would shoot the youth for 3-5 years and than I would purchase him something or pass one of mine down to him when he turns 16. I spend the same amount of money but have 2 rifles not one rifle and a extra stock. Good luck in what ever path you take, the big thing is spending quality time with our kids.
The great thing about a kid's rifle is there's always another kid wanting a chance. Some of what I call kids rifles have taken more game than my adult rifles.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:46 PM
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Re: What youth rifle for my son?

I have a Wby Vanguard in 243 with a beautiful wood stock. As I was not using it I called Legacy Sports a few months ago and purchased a youth sized Hogue stock as they install on the Howa youth rifles for under $120 shipped. It comes with an excellent recoil pad and the nice grippy surface. It fit very well and the rifle is fun to shoot. My girls can shoot it with no problem, and I can swap the full sized stock onto it at any time.

I'd highly recommend the 243. Oh, and I preferred the Vanguard for the extra barrel length. I did not want a 20 inch barrel on a youth rifle - the extra 4 inches moves the noise even further away from the shooter and doesn't seem to affect the balance at all.
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