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#5810493 - 06/29/15 05:26 PM 20 guage for a kid
bluewingwidowmaker Offline
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A lady at my wife's work is looking at a pump 20 for her son. I'll prob end up taking him duck hunting this season.

Looking for some suggestions. He has saved up $400 by himself.

I have an old 870 but have heard they changed something that caused the new ones to jam.

Thoughts on Benelli vs Winchester vs Browning?
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#5810576 - 06/29/15 06:30 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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Browning!!
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#5810580 - 06/29/15 06:32 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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Bps

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#5810946 - 06/29/15 10:07 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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Remington 11-87 youth. I bought my son one in December and he loves it. It handles 7/8-1 ounce loads like nothing. Great gun for the price.

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#5810957 - 06/29/15 10:14 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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11~87
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#5811205 - 06/30/15 08:17 AM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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BPS for sure. 11-87 is not a pump, which is what she is looking for.
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#5811225 - 06/30/15 08:27 AM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
stinkbelly Offline
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My son has a 20ga youth 870. It is about 5 years old now. It has the butt stock spacers that lets the gun grow with him. It is light and short. He has never had a problem with it. I would recommend it to anyone.

I have seen kids with guns that are too long overall and too long to the forearm. Both of these problems make it difficult for the kid to use it properly. Make sure she gets one that fits the kid.
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#5811583 - 06/30/15 12:38 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
ndhunter Offline
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I vote for

Remington 20 ga 870 youth
Benelli Nova 20 ga youth

some good info if you search on either



Edited by ndhunter (06/30/15 12:39 PM)

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#5812084 - 06/30/15 06:17 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
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Depending on the size of the kid, for smaller framed people or girls I prefer a semi-auto. Fear of getting kicked becomes a hard habit to break. The youth 870 type of gun can be a scourge for some young people. I remember my daughter's shotgun instructor thinking it was the worst gun to be inflicted on young people.
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#5812140 - 06/30/15 06:40 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
Wilhunt Offline
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Bought the 870 for my 11 year old grandson and it has been a perfect fit. He is slight of build and has never shown any concern for recoil.

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#5812143 - 06/30/15 06:43 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
Wilhunt Offline
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Bought the 870 for my 11 year old grandson and it has been a perfect fit. He is slight of build and has never shown any concern for recoil.

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#5812235 - 06/30/15 07:19 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
HuskerinAggieland Offline
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I would think about a semi auto in youth size. My kids used a 20 gauge weatherby sa-08 and it was great- low recoil and even took 3" shells when we got to late duck season.

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#5812865 - 07/01/15 07:32 AM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
mohunter Offline
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I would agree with the semiauto route for sure if the kid is small. My youngest daughter was ruined by the 870 youth pump when she was 9-10 years old, took me a while to figure out she was scared of the gun but once I did and got her a youth semiauto and she is not afraid to shoot anymore.
Actually she loves shooting now.
I have also seen a few other kids have issues with the 870, that gun is light and kicks like a mule.

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#5813355 - 07/01/15 12:54 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
reeltexan Offline
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I know you said pump but bear in mind that a fixed breech gun has considerably more kick than a semi-auto loader.

That can put some kids off on shooting.
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#5813593 - 07/01/15 03:16 PM Re: 20 guage for a kid [Re: bluewingwidowmaker]
Leonardo Offline
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Good advice on this thread about going with a semi. I too bought my son a youth 1187. Great decision for us. Single shots and pumps pack a punch. My boy was shooting at 7 years old not 11. So age and size will play a huge role in the decision.

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