Please Sign In


New To Sportsman Network?

Suggestion for YOUTH RIFLE

Reply
 
Fellow Sportsman,

I am looking for suggestions for a good quality, affordable rifle & scope for my boys. I have 3 boys (10, 6, 4) and want to buy a deer rifle for them to use and pass down to each one. The older two shoot the .22 (with scope, very well). My older son shot 2 deer last year with a youth .243 (1 @ 110yrds other @ 85 yrds)
What brand/model would you recommend I get that will last for them to use. I need it to be affordable. As with many people, funds are tight right now.
We all remember our first gun. What should theirs be?
Thanks for the information!!
Reply
Youth Rifle
My son shoots an H&R 44 mag. It is DEADLY out to 124 yards. My nephew dropped a doe at that distance. My son has shot 2 deer with it, both were 80 yards. There is zero recoil and bullets are cheap.
If you do not want that, look at the same gun in 375.
Reply
Scope
As for scope, I'd get a Nikon Prostaff in either 3-9X40 or 3-9x50.
Reply
7mm-08
I bought my wife a 7mm-08 a few years back and it is a sweet little gun, so sweet I even got myself one and got rid of my larger calibers. It has little recoil, is accurate, and has plenty of knockdown power. My son is 4 and will be shooting one of them when he gets a little bigger.

I would really consider it. A .243 is a great gun as well
Reply
Youth Rifle
My son has been shooting a youth model .243 by mossburg since he was 10. It's a bolt action rifle with a 3x9x40 scope, comes as a combo package from Academy. I beleive we paid about $250.
This little rifle has been excellent and has dropped deer out to 180 yards, furthest my son has shot. He can drive tacks with this gun. Well worth the money.

He is 14 now and I just upgraded him to a full size Savage Axis 30-06 and handed his rifle down to my daughter who is 10 and can shoot the rifle with no problems.

He shot 100gr honaday bullets from with very good aaccuracy.

be sure to take a look at this rifle during your search
Reply
RWRAY///Thank guys
RWRAY,

Did you leave the scope on the 243 that you bought or did you change it out? I know some/most of the package scopes arent the greatest. What are your thoughts?
Reply
youth rifle
I bought my daughter a H&R 7mm-08 with a Bushnell scope ($85.00), youth model when she was 9. Gun & scope between $400.00- $450.00. I went with something simple to start her off with. I'll move her up to a bolt action in the same caliber and hand this one down to my 5 year old son in a few years. I like this caliber, it's the same cartridge as the 243 but shoots a 140 grain bullet, Remington core lock. Also I liked the H&R because of the heavier barrel, I figured it would help with the recoil, which isn't much. She took a 230 boar at 50 yards and an 160 lb. 11 point at 138 yards last year.Not bad for her first year shooting. They both dropped in their tracks. Good luck and have fun with the kids.
Reply
Scope
It still has the original scope that came with the package.

Not the best scope but has remained clear and dependable
Reply
durabilty
The mossburg is all synthetic so no need to worry about scratches like with wood.

We all know how careful kids can be.
Reply
spike
This a a spike my son shot at 180+ yards with that rifle
Reply
rifle
H&R. 44 mag. No kick. Solid simple gun. Mine has a bushnel 3x9 on it.
Reply
7mm-08
7mm 08 beats out the 243 by a lot. Negligible difference in recoil and its a much better performer.

Leupold Rifleman or Bushnell Banner. Stay away from Nikon unless you like looking down a 1/2 in piece of PVC.
Reply
7M-08
I was told when I bought mine that a 7M-08 is a 308 case necked down to 7mm . Suppose to fly a tad faster than the 308 and a tad slower than a 270 .
Reply
One mo cast
Thats correct. A 7mm-08 is a 7mm projectile (bullet) and the casing is a necked down .308. Similarly a 25-06 is a .25 caliber necked down...
Reply
257 roberts
My daughter shoots a 257 roberts. It is a great little round with very little recoil. I also , like the 7mm-08.
Reply
7MM-08
Do yourself a favor and get the kids a 7mm-08. I am an adult and its my caliber of choice. Easy on the shoulder, cartridges easy to find and big variety (I am partial to the Core Lokd), devastating results on game. If your kids are smaller in stature, you can get the Remington Reduced Recoil rounds in Core Lokd. My son and I both shoot a Remington Model Seven, which is a slightly shorter trigger pull and barrel than the model 700. My bro inlaw has the youth H&R in 7mm-08 and his son has had great success with that unit too. I would not go overboard on the glass; Bushnell Trophy is a good unit for under $100 online. I have one on my H&R .444; it works great. Good luck.
Reply
7-08 all the way
7-08 all the way. 7mm is a proven round, and you get it in a short action in the 7-08. Not much recoil, and it only drops 2/10ths of an inch more than a 270 Win at 300 yards. The reduced recoil loads from Remington are a great option for kids. My 7 year old shoots them with no problem. Deer do not run far, if at all, with a well placed shot. Gadwall has killed bucks up to 250 pounds with a 140 grain, 7-08 core lokt. Great round and ammo is not hard to find.
Reply
7MM-08
I bought my son a Tikka 7mm08 two years ago with a Nikkon Bushmaster BDC scope. I was looking a a .243. Everyone at work talked me out of it and I am glad. Great rifle. I even use it from time to time. Good luck with your choice.
Reply
Thank You!!
Thank you everyone for all of the responses. I am going to make a decision this week and make a purchase. Ill let ya know what I decide.

Thanks again and Happy Hunting!!
Reply
.308 Managed Recoil
All of my kids have use a .308 caliber with the Remington Managed recoil bullets in 125gr. The bullets are good out to 200yds, which is about the furthest shot on our property. We have had great success with this round. However, I spoke to Remington, and they only run one batch a year, so I buy them in bulk when they come out. Luckily my kids are old enough this year to move up from the managed recoil.
Reply
Youth Rifle
My dad got me a savage model 10 .243 when i was 8. It was the ladies model which was a full size rifle with a shorter stock. I used it for 8 years and was able to just buy a fullsize stock when I grew a bit. Has plenty of knockdown power out to 250 yards for sure. Two of my younger cousins have killed deer with it. My dad has even used it when his shoulders were acting up. After 16 years that little gun has killed more deer than anything else we have in the gunsafe. I think the model 10s evolved into the 110s and only got better. Savage improved there coats on the gun (that would be my only complaint and its nothing a little TLC doesnt take care of) and now have the Accu-trigger system which lets you set the trigger pull yourself. When I got older I got the sample model in a .270. Also have Nikon prostaffs on both.
Reply