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#5520676 - 01/04/15 11:29 PM Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot
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So I have been dating a girl for a while and am now to the point of getting to know and connect with her 14 year old son. Lucky for me he loves guns but has never been hunting and only shot a shotgun a few times. So what better way to connect right? I typically hunt, dove, deer and hog with the occasional rabbit and other such varmint. I hunt with a Remington 700 in .270. I also learned to shoot from my dad on a .22 and then the Army did the rest.

My question is what rifle and caliber would you suggest to teach this young man to shoot on, with out breaking the bank or buying something entry level and realizing the kid doesn't actually like shooting and I am stuck with an entry level rifle. As well it has the knock-down power to do some hunting in South Texas.

As well is there anything I should teach differently or approach differently due to his age?
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#5520703 - 01/05/15 12:37 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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For a start, take him to the range and let him shoot your 270 and see if he likes that!!! My first rifle was a 6mm Remington and I still take it on hunts sometimes!!!
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#5520723 - 01/05/15 01:44 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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Without breaking the bank, teach him w/.22 since he has never shot anything but a shotgun. Get the fundamentals down such as breathing, trigger control, aiming to name a few. Once both of you feel comfortable then try the .270 or maybe buy a Rossi rifle chambered in a 243. They are fairly low priced.



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#5520772 - 01/05/15 05:57 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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Sound advice concerning range day's and .22's, always a good time. Also look into accompanying him to a Hunters Safety course, pretty good bonding time and heck if you are like me and a little gray around the edges a refresher never hurt right? ;-)

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#5520809 - 01/05/15 06:32 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Trouble_Shooter]
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Originally Posted By: Trouble_Shooter
Sound advice concerning range day's and .22's, always a good time. Also look into accompanying him to a Hunters Safety course, pretty good bonding time and heck if you are like me and a little gray around the edges a refresher never hurt right? ;-)


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#5521020 - 01/05/15 09:14 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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.22s are cheap and you can practice, practice, practice. Once he shows good mastery, let him shoot the .270. You won't need another gun for a while because he should be hunting with you until he proves he can adequately kill without needing supervision.
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#5521090 - 01/05/15 09:52 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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Actually, I'd start with a pellet BB gun. You don't have to go anywhere special to do it, there is no noise to speak of and minimal investment. I always try to start people with open sites and I remain convinced the Marine Corps had it right. You really learn to shoot and the cause and effect with iron sights. Then using a scope is a piece of cake. I did it that way with my sons and all 3 are good marksmen.
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#5521164 - 01/05/15 10:32 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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I would say a .22 would be a good place to start. Single shot. Go to a pawn shop and pick out something used to train him with.
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#5521174 - 01/05/15 10:38 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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I like the pellet gun idea. Also I think practice is needed. I think way to many people see a chance to take a person hunting with no experience, give them a gun and a shot at an animal. I would make them practice, learn to shoot, then where to shoot animals, and also like the hunter ed idea along with iron sights.
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#5521342 - 01/05/15 11:57 AM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I like the pellet gun idea. Also I think practice is needed. I think way to many people see a chance to take a person hunting with no experience, give them a gun and a shot at an animal. I would make them practice, learn to shoot, then where to shoot animals, and also like the hunter ed idea along with iron sights.

That's the beauty of the pellet gun, you can practice almost anywhere. Heck with some of the pellet guns on the market today you can squirrel and rabbit hunt as well as you can with a .22, ammo is plentiful and cheap.
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#5521530 - 01/05/15 01:23 PM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Schmule]
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Start him on a pellet gun or 22lr if you have firearm shooting facilities convenient. Once he demonstrates mastery of SAFETY and skills for accurate shooting and has completed hunter-safety course, get him on a .243 (savage brand with accutrigger - they are plenty accurate) & economical and (the potential wife) can shoot it too. Let the kiddo work up, and give him something to look forward to. Start him on small game, and work up to deer/hog.

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#5521565 - 01/05/15 01:36 PM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Trouble_Shooter
Sound advice concerning range day's and .22's, always a good time. Also look into accompanying him to a Hunters Safety course, pretty good bonding time and heck if you are like me and a little gray around the edges a refresher never hurt right? ;-)


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#5521653 - 01/05/15 02:29 PM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Trouble_Shooter
Sound advice concerning range day's and .22's, always a good time. Also look into accompanying him to a Hunters Safety course, pretty good bonding time and heck if you are like me and a little gray around the edges a refresher never hurt right? ;-)


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Sounds like someone with experience in this. rofl

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#5521696 - 01/05/15 02:50 PM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: oldoak2000]
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Originally Posted By: oldoak2000
Start him on a pellet gun or 22lr if you have firearm shooting facilities convenient. Once he demonstrates mastery of SAFETY and skills for accurate shooting and has completed hunter-safety course, get him on a .243 (savage brand with accutrigger - they are plenty accurate) & economical and (the potential wife) can shoot it too. Let the kiddo work up, and give him something to look forward to. Start him on small game, and work up to deer/hog.


I agree on getting a Savage with the accutrigger, once he graduates to that level of hunting/shooting. They're great guns, go for about $550 with a 3X9 scope and are available in multiple calibers. At 14 years old now, he should be big enough to handle a caliber bigger than .243 (nothing against the .243, though) that may be more versatile for larger game. I agree with all the advice to first start with a pellet gun and .22, too. Good luck and enjoy the experience to bond over the outdoors with the young man.
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#5522340 - 01/05/15 08:23 PM Re: Teaching a Teenager to Hunt/Shoot [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I like the pellet gun idea. Also I think practice is needed. I think way to many people see a chance to take a person hunting with no experience, give them a gun and a shot at an animal. I would make them practice, learn to shoot, then where to shoot animals, and also like the hunter ed idea along with iron sights.


X3

It would also allow for some friendly competition between the three of you. My wife, daughters, and SIL's had a blast after Christmas dinner trying to see who would be the first to shoot a BB into the top opening of a plastic Dr. Pepper bottle with my old Crossman.
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