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The only topic we all can truely agree on is hunting in general. So lets just talk about that, we only have a few days (LOL) before the season starts so I figure we could all use advice from each other to help each of us take that buck and hopefully those bucks. (I am not concerned about method of taking him and number of points) I have an 8 year old son, last year I purchased a youth model Rossi 243 rifle after purchasing it, and after shooting it I relized that it kick's alittle to much for my son. Has anyone purchased this gun or another youth model rifle they recommend for a small youth? I am also considering modifing the stock to fit him better, not to worry about him outgrowing it I also have a 5 year old ready to take it over as soon as he can. Are there any local gun shops in Lafayette that will cut and fit a stock? Let's all have a good upcoming season.
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I've hunted the past 2 seasons with a Ruger Deerfield .44 Magnum Auto Carbine. It's a great gun with plenty of knockdown power. I've never lost one yet with it. I came close to losing, but it was my fault. (gut-shot) It's range is very limited though. I would say it's equivalent to a 30-30. I hunt in the Atchafalaya Basin where distance isn't a big priority. The thick brush is the main concern there. It's compact, so it's really comfortable in a box stand, climber, ladder, etc.. I plan on handing it down to my son when he's ready. Then I'll go and buy another.. :)
I would recommend it for sure.
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An 8 year old is too young to shoot a centerfire rifle. I realize you're excited about getting him in the stand with you, but you may want to wait until he's 10 or 11 before letting him put the scope on a deer. Take him with you and teach him until then. When he's ready, you'll know it.

I didn't let my son shoot his first rifle until he was 12, and he's a pretty big kid for his age. Until he was old enough, he sat with me in the stand, watched and learned. He's 20 now, and he has several nice bucks under his belt.
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Take him out hunting small game and let him sit in a stand with you. My twins are 16 and are just now starting to show a little intrest in hunting. I've never pushed them. I'm looking forward to taking them deer hunting this year. My 7 year old can't wait to hunt though. I've taken him hunting with me many times since he was 4. He was with me last year when I took a big hog. I will not let him carry a gun until he is at least 10 and has taken the hunters safety course. I made my older sons take it last year. They got to duck hunt with me last year and were very safe. This year they will get to hunt by themselves.
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My daughter is 10 now shr has been shooting an h&h single shot 243 with a scope sense she was 8yrs old.i started her off with a 22with a scope then when she got good with it ilet her shot a single shot 4-10with 3 inch shells it kick about like the 243 then she said am ready to shot my 243 so i let telling her it kick like the 4-10 well the first shot scope hit her above the eyeend of shooting that day 2 days later she said am ready to shoy my 243 again she did and sense has killed 3 deer and four hogs with the 243give him a little time and practiced he be ok
Mike Brazda fits guns and is good he is in ceclia.
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You could ask a gunsmith to put a 4-6 inch 8oz lead core in the stock to alleviate recoil -- follow that with a simms recoil pad and fit the stock to him and practice, practice, practice.....
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