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Unread 08-12-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

My Grandsons started shooting with .22lr bolt guns. The best one was a .22 military type trainer with iron sights. They both say that the first rifle that really impressed them though was an AR-15 collapsible stock .223. It was the first centerfire rifle they fired and is still their favorite. The collapsible stock made it easy to fit them, the iron sights work, and later they shot it with a scope before moving on to a Rem 700 7-08.

I like the idea of an Encore or Contender, except I don't know if the rifle barrels have iron sights. You could probably put a set of the pistol barrel sights on them though. I have a Contender carbine in .22 K-Hornet that is a really fun gun to shoot, but it's scoped.

Good luck. This is a big deal for a boy. I'm going to misquote Cotton Cordell, who once said "Teach your children to love God, to love their family, to love their country, and teach them to love to hunt and fish, and when the time comes, no drug dealer can teach them anything".

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Unread 11-02-2009, 01:42 AM
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Re: best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

i also reccomend the savage 93 series ive fired rugers ans marlins i got an old mossberg 42m great gun( im into ww2) so i really love it i think that would be lost on the younger crowd im im only 22 so i cant really say that but....
i never liked the ruger 10/22's when i bought my savage i went looking for a marlin but the second i picked up the savage 93 cammo package i had to have it. its nice and light my 5 foot tall sister and i can both shoot it so its perfect size im not a big guy 5-7 so any 93 savage will be a good size and he wont outgrow it i got the .22 mwr the ammo its twice as powerfull as the 22lr and about twice the price about 10 bucks per 50 i get 500 for $70 shipped to me so thats a steal but compared to a 22lr 500rds are like $30 but the extra cash is worth it i think. oh and the accutrigger is probably the best O/E trigger you can buy and probably better than some aftermarket ones too
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Unread 11-02-2009, 07:50 PM
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Re: best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

I agree with Uncle Z on a CZ 452.
It is a great rifle and superbly accurate to boost the confidence of a new shooter.

Specifically I would suggest the Scout model as it has the shorter LOP and barrel and comes with a single shot adapter that can later be replaced with a 5 or 10 round magazine. They have basic iron sights and a dovetail for a scope.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 11:36 AM
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Re: best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

+1 on the CZ I picked one up for my 6year old daughter to introduce her to shooting. You'll want the scout model, as it is designed for younger shooters. It's a little spendy for a kids gun but you'll love to shoot it as well. My dad and I were so impressed that we both bought 452 military trainers (same action) plus as the little ones grow up a bit you can put the Lux 452 stock on it and save buying another bigger gun. I'd buy an extra clip or two as well, they come with a 5 shot, but you can usually find the 10 shots.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 04:09 PM
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Re: best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

Originally Posted by MT300RUM View Post
i want to get my middle boy his first rifle, his 10 yr old brother has a 22lr, a 243, and a 20 gauge, and he shoots his 22, and loves it, so i want to get him his own, now he wants to be like dad, and see's all my long range rigs, so i don't know if i can just go get him a chipmunk and not have him think that dad went cheapo on him, ive seen a couple little razzu rifles at gun shows but cant remember the make of them, does anyone know who makes a cool little rifle that looks like a target or long range rifle, i think he would get a kick out of it if i kind find one for him, thanks in advance for your time and help..

How about the savage 93R17 TRR-SR?Savage Arms Firearms > 93R17 TRR-SR
In 17 HMR, it would give him a bit more reach than a 22 lr
and the ammo cost is still reasonable.
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