best starter rifle for a 7yr old,

Discussion in 'Rimfire and Airguns' started by MT300RUM, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. MT300RUM

    MT300RUM Active Member

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    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..

    Matt..
     
  2. cabelas90

    cabelas90 Well-Known Member

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    Get him a ruger 10/22 and trick it out, new barrel stock and whatnot that can be reltively cheap and he'll have a blast!!
     

  3. MT300RUM

    MT300RUM Active Member

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    ive got a tricked out 10/22, but my sons first rifle will not be a semi auto, i want a cool bolt gun for his first, plus i don't want to be shot in the shin after he hit's something and spins around to tell me about it..
     
  4. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Since he will be interested in shooting long range like his dad, get him a 22win mag. Marlin makes some nice ones.

    Marlin Model 982VS

    You can cut the stock down to fit him. Put a 1" diameter scope on it and it will look just like dad's rifle.

    If you scroll down this post...... http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-243-a-29492/ you will see a cool pic of the authors son with his 22.
     
  5. cavtrooper94

    cavtrooper94 Well-Known Member

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    I would recomend a heavy barreled 223, like a 700P or similar version. There is practically no recoil, you can trick it out with all of dads "cool stuff" and he can actually shoot at long range.
     
  6. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    If you are thinking of moving up past air rifles, I'd say a bolt action or single shot 22 lr. I have a CZ 413 and love it. However, I learned to shoot using a crossman air rifle. That would be my first choice for a young boy like that. Glad to see your not getting him a semi- auto ;) learn to hit with the first round!
     
  7. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    I don't know of a scaled down 22 as you describe. I figured I'd mention what I did for my daughters fist rifle. First, she has a little Henry mini bolt 22, and so some experience.

    I bought her a ruger compact in 243. I cut down the stock and installed a pachmayer pad. I also use a reduced load equal in recoil to a 223. This makes for a pleasant shooting rig she can run long range with, and never outgrow. The rifle is camo and fitted with a bipod. She is amazingly capable at long range, and tickled with her rig!
     
  8. cinch

    cinch Well-Known Member

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    I got my daughter a pink stocked 10/22 and gave it to her when she was 5. Ya, it is too big for her to hold by herself, but off a rest with iron sights she can bust clay pigeons all day long. I use an old wooden wire spool that is just the right height for her and a bipod. I purchased a Cricket for her, but was unhappy with the quality and plastic parts. Sold it and bought the Ruger.
     
  9. milanuk

    milanuk Well-Known Member

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    I got my then-9yr old step-daughter a Cricket rifle first... I was not impressed, to say the least. Besides generally cheap construction, the gun had *no* feed ramp - you have to stick the loaded round right into the chamber. This makes life interesting a couple ways - adults who have the eye hand coordination to do this generally can't fit their fingers in the tiny loading/ejection port with enough room to do the operation, and kids (who do have small enough fingers) generally don't have the eye-hand skills yet to make the operation very easy either.

    Since *someone* always wants to buy a Cricket for their kid, I traded it to the local gun store for a Marlin 15Y. Essentially the same thing - a single shot kid-sized .22LR bolt gun, it had a *much* higher level of fit & finish, sights, and a feed ramp. All you have to do is drop the round on top and close the bolt.

    In short, a much nicer rifle for not much more $$$.
     
  10. cabelas90

    cabelas90 Well-Known Member

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    Good point i didn't think about that one!!
     
  11. kweidner

    kweidner Well-Known Member

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    I found an Anchutz achiever a couple of years ago. You can find them for a good price. It has an adjustable length of pull with the inserts in the butt stock. That thing shoots so good, when I was shooting benchrest I used it as a backup for my sporter weight rifle. I mean it will drive tacks. I have actually shot flies off the backer boards at 50 yds for fun. It weighs like 6 pounds scoped with a 6x24x50 Sightron on it. That being said, if I couldn't find one of those I would get an Encore. My 22lr bbl will shoot like nobody's business. When it's varmint season on comes the 22-250 bbl, deer season comes the .280. I had Steve Stratton build me a floated forend, and replaced the springs to get a really nice trigger pull. I love the idea of the rifle. I am sure some will say it is not the most accurate in the world, however with a little work they can be real shooters. As your children grow, you can get different bbls for it and use the 22lr for practice. Nothing like shooting your actual rig for practice. Single shot teaches first shot accuracy. My dad, when I was coming up, gave me one bullet when I was in the woods. I learned back then you better make that first one count
     
  12. Katbird

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    I'm with britz. Get a bolt action, preferably a single shot. And get one that fits. Chipmunk or whatever. Just make sure it fits the shooter. Your 7 year old will enjoy shooting more if the rifle fits. Learning to shoot properly requires all concentration to be on that one shot. You can always upgrade when the training model is outgrown. My kids progressed from a single shot with iron sights on a shortened stock, to a lever gun with iron sights, to a scoped 10/22. They learned how to shoot well before their tools became toys.
     
  13. CPerkins

    CPerkins Well-Known Member

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    The Savage 93 in the heavy barrel would be nice. I have the 17hrm and have been impressed with it.
     
  14. Uncle Z

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    Take a look at the CZ 452 22lr rifles. Very accurate and should work great for a 7 y/o.