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need advice.
wanting to purchase a gun for my 13 year old son and my wife to shoot occasional. I have a 5 year old boy that he can grow into this gun.
I am being told 243, 7mm-08, 308. what do ya'll have your son and wife shoot. please give recommendations.
thanks
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   bucknut
7mm-08 or 25-06. Both are fine rounds that have little recoil and plenty of knock down power. Remington has a youth model 7 that has a smaller stock that can be changed to a model 700 stock when he or she grows. That's what mine shoots.
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I got my son a 25-06 and it is perfect for him. I even like using it for myself.
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A gun that fits well is most important. A youth model bolt action would be your best choice, since usually a full sized stock can be bought later to fit growing kids. As far as caliber, the list is endless, but my first choices are 7mm-08 (best IMO), 25-06, 6.5x55 swede, .257 roberts with hot loads, or a 30-30 or 44 rem mag if you're not a beanfield hunter. I shoot a 25-06 tikka (light as a popcorn fart) and the recoil is negligable. None of the above kick much and will easily roll a deer. Like I said, how the gun fits has more effect on how comfortable it is to shoot than the caliber. The best rifle for a kid/wife in my opinion is a youth model 7 in 7mm-08. I was shooting a 6.5x55 swede when I was 6 and handled it easily, and the recoil is roughly the same for those two calibers. I would stray away from .243/.223 rifles. They will both do the job, but they just don't have as much horsepower as the rounds I mentioned earlier. Good luck with whatever you decide to go with.
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   perchjerk
who don't love a 7mm. who don't love a 308.Sound like a 7mm-08. My wife and my 12 year old has one. Great gun!
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My choice would be the .308 because of the better knock down power, ease of finding bullets, variety of bullets and short cartridge (equals shorter draw on bolt). IMO the only disadvantage of the .308 would be it might kick a hair more than the others stated but not really enough to talk about. Second choice would be the 7mm-08 which is really just a .308 cartridge necked down to a .280 bullet. Also try to find a stock that fits them best. I find a monte carlo really helps the younger ones get on bead. Good luck with the decision, you cant go wrong!
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   chefronT
I bought my kids a .243 single shot youth size H&R. Both my son(7) and daughter(10) have shot it. Both were able to enjoy shooting it and my daughter took a deer with it. I had them shoot 100 grain bullets and it worked for her deer.
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   cajunbob
Get them both a 44 mag handi rifle. That way they will also be able to use the gun for primitive huning.
Plus these guns shoot great. Don't under estimate the 44 mag
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   buffa jr
ma brother is 10 and he shoots a marlin 243 .. its the way to go for young kids.. it shoots flat as hell and kicks less than a 20guage shotgun.. you can't go wrong with a 243
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   lazcreek
Get a weatherby vanguard 7mm-08 youth model. it comes with youth stock and adult stock for when your kid gets older. Both of my kids have been shooting these for years 10 and 13. I went and bought me a Sako 7mm-08 and put the 300 in the closet. We all shoot the same bullets so if anybody forgets theirs one of us has some.
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44 Magnum. I have a little Ruger Auto 44. I share it with my 10 yr old son. Not much recoil, plenty knock down power, but limited on range. Expect about the same range you'll get with a 30/30. We hunt thick woods, so it's perfect. It's a gun you could keep in the family for everyone, and it's very, very fun. No worries about out-growing it. And no worries about wounding a deer. He or she is going down. It's gonna bleed, alot. :)
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.44 magnum Handi rifle. Put a nikon on it. Single shot, so it's pretty safe. There's absolutely no kick. Great thick woods gun. I got this gun after I saw a grandmaw carrying one out the the stand.
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   JIMMY W
25-06!!And thank me later!
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   MallardZ
Get an Encore 7mm-08. Great for both of them AND you and the calibers are endless that you can get for this gun. I've got two, my son and I, with .50 barrels, a 7mm-08, and 2 .35 Whelen barrels. A fantastic rifle to have. Light weight, short, and accurate. Next barrel for me will be a .20 for turkey hunting and a .17 HMR for squirrels and "Nuisance rats" around our property in MS.
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   wetback
Weatherby Vanguard in 7mm-08. For the price you get two stocks, adult and youth so he can grow into it. Also comes with an accuracy guarantee out of the box. Only problem is the three of you will fight over who gets to shoot it.
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best gun on the market for a youth with great range and manage recoil bullets. great all around gun.
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