Youth deer rifle

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  1. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    My little girl has been expressing interest in shooting a deer. She likes to go hunting with me and her mom. I’ve seen a lot of people mention different calibers from 223 to 7mm08. What I’m looking for is something with the least amount of recoil that will still kill a deer. She will be nervous to shoot to begin with I’m sure but don’t want to ruin the experience with something that kicks too hard for her. All I have is a 2506 and a muzzleloader which both in my opinion are too much. Hoping to pick one up so she can practice and hopefully go during gun season some. Thanks in advance.
  2. Cornpile

    Cornpile 12 pointer

    Dec 1, 2006
    Kornfield County,KY
  3. woodsman92

    woodsman92 8 pointer

    Feb 16, 2019
    Russell Co
    You’ll get a lot of different opinions here. My personal opinion is that a 223 is too small from my experience. That’s what I started with and killed 2 deer with it, but the deers never bled a drop from the entrance hole and there was no exit. Maybe with the right bullet it would be okay, but it’s just not my recommendation.
    I say a 243 or 7mm-08. Both good rifles and manageable recoil. If you got the mone, get one in a AR platform for even less recoil.
  4. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    What would be the average cost in that platform?
  5. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 12 pointer

    Jan 19, 2016
    Savage axis 243 for around check out the tc compass and they may have a rebate
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  6. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer 12 pointer

    Aug 16, 2012
    Hog Town USA
    I would recommend the 300 blackout. Very low recoil in the AR platform. Add a zero magnification red dot scope. Its a 30 caliber bullet that is readily available in regular times.
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  7. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    I thought about a tc compass as a choice of brand.
  8. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    I started out with a 30 30 but I was a little older than her. Just don’t want to scare her from the recoil.
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  9. mac0492

    mac0492 8 pointer

    Oct 15, 2013
    Savage Axis Youth 243 is what my kids use. Came as combo with scope and it is a tack driver.
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  10. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
  11. elmucho277

    elmucho277 6 pointer

    Aug 4, 2009
    northern ky
    I started my daughter on a single shot 223 at the age of 10 and she did fine. As long as you use the right ammo they are fine for deer. We've found every deer she shot with it within 50 yards. In fact, she's 14 now and still uses the same 223
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  12. flyingnectar

    flyingnectar 6 pointer

    Oct 30, 2014
    Metcalfe County
    A AR in 6.8 spc is what I got my daughter shooting no recoil and it is not a youth only rifle. She is 9 and small so it’s great to see her shoot it with confidence a .223 is not a good choice in my opinion.
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  13. Velvet ears

    Velvet ears 8 pointer

    Nov 6, 2013
    West KY
    6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, or a .243 would all be great guns to have.
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  14. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    You cant beat a suppressed AR for a youth to learn on. Minimal sound, no recoil. .223 works fine. We dont shoot unless a perfect broadside double lung shot presents itself. .223 does the job, but get in a bigger caliber if you want.
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  15. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
    I loaded a nice youth load for my son in .243. Shot outta youth bull barrel. Like shooting a .22mag. He loved it killed a few then as he got older graduated to regular loads. He now shoot a savage axis .270. Tack driver for a cheap rifle. When he gets older 15 now. I’ll adjust trigger down from 5.5 to 3 pounds and will probably make it even more accurate.
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