Best deer rifle for 10 year old?

8/20/09 @ 2:56 PM
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huntfish
huntfish
USER since 6/16/03
Well, I guess I'm getting older as my 1st child is ready to hunt the youth hunt in October with hunter safety in about a week! What is a perfect deer gun without the recoil that wont have her saying forget this!!! I will be buying soon to get her ready.

25-06?.....22-250? any other. It would be bolt action.

Thanks for your help and experience!

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10/12/09 @ 9:54 AM
Longfellow
Longfellow
USER since 6/15/01
Lman, you bring up an interesting point. Most of the deer I've shot with the .243 went down so fast that I couldn't see where they were immediately after the shot.

My two main buddies used a 7mm mag. and a .30-06, and they both had problems with the deer running off, even with a good hit. We used to hunt public land, and you REALLY want that deer to drop fast after the shot.

Any other .243 users out there notice the same thing?

.............LF

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10/11/09 @ 10:43 AM
land man
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USER since 9/12/06
By the way, if you go to the youth hunt thread under the "General Hunting Discussion" board, you can see and hear about how the .243 youth rifle did for my 12 year old daughter. Dropped an adult doe almost in its tracks. I had never used a .243, always used bigger stuff- I was impressed. Its fun shooting a .243 also, other than the muzzle jump, I could not feel any recoil with a remington 700 SPS youth (which has their R3 recoil pad). I full sized 700 CDL with the same pad would kick even less- Hmmm maybe a Christmas present for myself........

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10/4/09 @ 7:11 PM
huntfish
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USER since 6/16/03
Yes, it was a youth 7mm-08 I bought for her. I debated on the .243 which I know is an excellent round having one in my younger day, but the deal was the one I got. Sighted in the rifle today with my daughter. I did the initial sighting in and kept getting asked "when is it my turn"!

Daughter handle the gun well shooting 1st 3 outside the bull, a little adjustment made with the last 3 in the bull. Ohhhhh, she cant wait for next weekend! Smiling from ear to ear! Reduced rounds are sweet! 140 grain

I thank you all for your honest opinion, and was wondering if I had made the wrong choice even though I had done research on my own. I know this is something which will take her through the years without issue.

Good luck to all the other newbies heading out with their mentor for lifelong memories no matter the success.

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9/28/09 @ 10:44 AM
Longfellow
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When I was eleven years old, I bought a bolt-action .243 Musketeer from the original Gander Mountain storefront in downtown Wilmot Wisconsin. I also bought reloading equipment and supplies for it. Actually, my dad purchased the stuff but he used the money I had earned and saved for it.

I became very familiar with the gun by reloading for it, shooting off the bench with it, and using it for varmints. I started with lighter loads and worked up to max loads.The more I shot it, the better I became. I had the same comfortable feeling shooting it that I had with my .22 rifles, and I became deadly accurate and confident with it.

By the time I was old enough to hunt with it, one-shot kills were the rule, not the exception. The .243 cartridge is absolutely deadly on whitetail, and I do not use any other gun on them, except in shotgun-only areas. I still remember reading an article in Field & Stream which stated that the .243 was the gun of choice used by back-up gunners on lion and tiger safaris. The article speculated that the combination of bullet weight, speed, and rifling twist made it the ideal cartridge for medium-sized game - with the right bullet/velocity combination the bullet delivers all of it's energy into the critter without passing through. Unlike other higher-velocity, heavier-bullet-weight rounds which don't deliver the same shock when they pass through.

I know that there are other valid opinions on other rifle cartridges, and I respect them. But for me, the combination of good bullet performance and the comfortable feeling I have with bullet placement puts the .243 at the top of the whitetail list.

...............LF

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9/28/09 @ 3:20 AM
piker20
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USER since 1/19/03
Dont change this into a political thing. Everyone in my family started with the same 243 bolt. The biggest deer I have ever seen Was taken by my dad with this same gun. He had dropped his reg. gun and the scope got knocked so he used the back up. The ol Swamp buck got one through the heart and falled shortly after. 243 is a hell of a gun. Good luck to your kid. The most important thing is to shoot

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9/27/09 @ 9:21 AM
TOMMY-2-TONE
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USER since 7/1/01
I was all set to get a .243 for my 10 year old and went to the gun shop. A 30-06 reduced load with a 125 grain bullet has the same recoil as a .243. With him practicing with a .22 and getting to be a pretty good shot. A 30-40 yard shot, 125 grain bullet should be the ticket. T-2-T

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9/27/09 @ 7:42 AM
Farmerman
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MEMBER since 6/30/04
Was looking for something for the farmers daughter (who is a lefty) and saw a rossi trifecta break open at cabelias, It came with 3 barrels-22 long, 20 gauge and a 243. Was woundering if anyone had any thoughts on the rossi?

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9/16/09 @ 1:02 PM
takeme2dwalleye
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USER since 7/16/09
Since you're in shotgun territory I would recommend a 20 gauge semi-auto, and Remington makes some reduced recoil 20 gauge slugs. They are the Buckhammer reduced recoil loads. Hard to find sometimes, but will do a great job for the youngsters 1st deer. Also I found out that youngsters tend to be more accurate with a longer barrel as opposed to a slug barrel; yes the shorter barrel eliminates swing problems and some recoil as gas leaves a shorter barrel faster; however they tend to be erratic in someone who is just learning field shooting at targets that will move. Longer barrels tend to reduced barrel rise, and help with balance to hold more stable for the shot.

Hope these tips help; good hunting this fall!

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9/16/09 @ 11:21 AM
Down2erth
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MEMBER since 6/21/01
Are you going to cut the gun to fit?... At 10 yo. I'm sure a bolt action 7mm-08 is going to be long... Can't help but think it's gonna beat the heck out of her small 70 lb. frame. Oh well, good luck...

As far as the guy with the shotgun dilemma, auto's are the only way to go as long as you can trust the child shooting them.... Semi-Autos in the wrong hands can be dangerous... but they kick less than anything else legal to use other than a .45 and .50 cal. blackpowder shooting 90-100 gr. of powder.... another good alternative..

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9/15/09 @ 8:49 PM
huntfish
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Thanks all for your thoghts. I went with the 7mm-08 and reduced recoil loads for mu daughter. We'll be sighting in this weekend. I wonder, how is it made that it is reduced recoil. Less powder?

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