Youth deer rifle

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by columbia whitetail, Oct 10, 2020.

  1. rlb165

    rlb165 12 pointer

    Dec 10, 2001
    All the deer killed by youths on our place have been with a .243. I love ‘em.
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  2. RKF11

    RKF11 8 pointer

    Apr 9, 2010
    Southeastern KY
    243, 7mm08, and 6.5 cm are all great rounds. The 350 legend is gaining polarity quick
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  3. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    I thought the 6.5 would kick some? Never shot one so I didn’t really know.
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  4. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    So does your 2506 kick much? My niece used one for years. She used a 243 too but love the 2506. Don’t remember recoil being an issue but I don’t own one myself. I know when she shot they dropped like a sack of potatoes.
  5. columbia whitetail

    columbia whitetail 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2009
    I think it may have too much for her. I’m not real sure. May need to invest in one of the Caldwell tripods.

    NOCAMST 6 pointer

    Oct 9, 2017
    Central ky
    I started with a 22 hornet. Killed 15 plus deer with it at ranges from 15 yards to 150 yards never had a deer run over 100 yards. Almost no recoil. It’s all about shot placement, doesn’t matter if it’s a 300 win mag or 22 hornet they will all kill with correct shot placement.
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  7. My buddy got his grand daughter a 25/06 ,she has killed 3 or 4 bucks with it.She loves it,I tried talking him into .243 Lol. Shows what i know.,.243 .223, 25/06 ,7mm 08 Probably depends alot on the kid
  8. Tankt

    Tankt 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    I have a 7-08 and a 308...recoil isn't much different.

    I am reading all these posts on the 7-08 and scratching my head on why the 308 isn't being mentioned. Maybe because the 7-08 is the hot new kid on the block?
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  9. jblack1

    jblack1 12 pointer

    Dec 13, 2005
    Science Hill
    When my son started shooting a 308, I bought reduced recoil ammo and after a few years
    I switched him to the regular 308 ammo, he graduated without even knowing it, but I did wait a few years when he was larger and less recoil sensitive.

    I'll make you a good deal on a 308 Win. Howa Hogue grip heavy barrel, the heavy barrel does help with recoil, it has a short 20 or 22 inch barrel.
  10. bah1286

    bah1286 8 pointer

    Jul 29, 2014
    This. If you want it this year, you can get it for under $300 right now. If you wait until Black Friday, you will likely get it cheaper. Got one for my son last Cyber Monday for under $200 after rebate and that was the camo gun with a weaver scope. I assumed the scope was junk but we have shot it a lot this past year and it is a great shooting gun and have had no issues with the scope.
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  11. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

    Oct 18, 2013
    My kids all started off about age 10 with a single-shot Rossi .243 youth model with a red dot scope on it. They killed several deer between them, and every one was a 1-shot kill. 100gr Remington Core-Lokt ammo did the trick.
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  12. shogan

    shogan Cyber-Hunter

    Aug 15, 2002
    Central, ky see this table for info
    .243 and 30 30 pretty dang close to same kick. .243 flatter shooting. 30 30 a bit bigger lead with more weight and more than enough distance for any new youth. With that said other rounds have about the same kick and some less. See table above. Another question is how easy is it to find ammo. Both above are pretty common.

    .223 low recoil and with a proper round plenty of punch within a 100 yards. they do make cxp2 rounds I can usually find winchester locally. And if a small framed youth this may be a good choice. Though would likely be a temp gun if they really enjoy hunting. Dropped one my biggest in his tracks with .223 though I prefer a .243

    What ever you choose, Be sure to use good hearing protection so they don't start flenching from the sound.

    AR can be a bit complicated an intimidating for a novice shooter compared to either a break barrel like NEF or bolt action.

    As a father in the blind with them I did not like the Break barrel as much as bolt action as the hammer was difficult to cock and uncock and added a layer of difficulty.

    Best of luck and have fun.
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  13. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 12 pointer

    Jan 19, 2016
    See if you can find you a marlin xs7, I have heard that are good rifles
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  14. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    my 25.06 in 700 classic kicks plenty.
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  15. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    A 243 would be a great choice. Practice with managed recoil ammo. She'll never notice the difference when she shoots at a deer.
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