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#5893357 - 08/24/15 01:11 PM Junior Shotgun Recommendations
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Registered: 08/24/15
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Loc: Stephenville, TX
I am looking to buy a shotgun for my son for dove hunting. I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations, good or bad, for a junior shotgun. My son is athletic and has hunted and fished with me since he was able to walk, so I am not concerned with him being able to handle the firearm, I'm just looking for brands or styles that you are familiar with. I am open to single-shot, pump, or O/U, it doesn't really matter to me. I have a Circuit Judge 45/410 that he has shot many times, but I would like to buy him something of his own and something that's a little better suited for bird hunting. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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#5893550 - 08/24/15 02:36 PM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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Registered: 11/25/13
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The 870 Youth model in 20 ga is a popular gun, I know a couple guys that bought them for thier kids but still use them themselves. Hardly any time left to practice with whatever you get.
If you can afford it get a good O/U (I'm partial to Browning) and you may never have to buy him another shotgun.

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#5893684 - 08/24/15 03:51 PM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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The 870 I had kicked like a mule. The 500 wasn't bad though.
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#5893689 - 08/24/15 03:55 PM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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#5893690 - 08/24/15 03:56 PM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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#5896867 - 08/26/15 09:03 AM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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Registered: 09/12/06
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Mine started with a Mossberg 500 youth 20 gauge, with a good recoil pad.

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#5896938 - 08/26/15 09:48 AM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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we have a Mossberg SA-20 in stock in Cleburne pm me if your interested

Its a semi so it is gona eat some recoil... I have actually been tempted to take it home, I love a 20 for dove hunts. We had a pump too but the felt recoil will be higher...
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#5897428 - 08/26/15 02:38 PM Re: Junior Shotgun Recommendations [Re: HHBASS]
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Registered: 09/16/07
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Originally Posted By: HHBASS
I am looking to buy a shotgun for my son for dove hunting. I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations, good or bad, for a junior shotgun. My son is athletic and has hunted and fished with me since he was able to walk, so I am not concerned with him being able to handle the firearm, I'm just looking for brands or styles that you are familiar with. I am open to single-shot, pump, or O/U, it doesn't really matter to me. I have a Circuit Judge 45/410 that he has shot many times, but I would like to buy him something of his own and something that's a little better suited for bird hunting. Any advice is greatly appreciated!


I just went thru this getting a sg for my kiddos; Whatever you get, make sure lenght-of-pull is appropriate for his size (you didn't mention age/size)
IF a semi-auto is out of the question (because they absorb some of recoil), then recoil is gonna be inversely proportional to the weight of the shotgun; ie, lighter gun = more felt recoil. HOWEVER, if he is small now, you can get some Low-Recoil 20ga rounds at Academy ($7.99/bx) to get him started on any non-semi-auto-s-gun, and work way up to regular rounds.

I ended up with a Mossberg Youth pump 20ga 22" bbl black synthetic, lop adjustable 12"-14"; from Academy for under $200.
Mossberg part # 54210 - http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/youth-500-505-510/
Comes with a pretty decent recoil pad already built into stock. gun is only 5.25 lbs
Very pleased with choice; kids & wife (& me) are enjoying shooting it with the low-recoil rounds, and it's light enough that they don't tire easily holding it (consideration #2, after l.o.p.).
It shoots a nice even pattern at 30 & 40 yrds.
It's based on the Mossberg 500, so all parts interchangeable including removable choke.
However, with regular ammo - recoil is a bit snappy, and quite loud - I expected that, but it's almost the same as my heavy 12ga 870 pump - THAT was a bit of a surprise for me!

So regardless of which non-semi-auto gun you end up, with can 'tame' the recoil a bit WITHOUT making the gun unbearably heavier for them by using the low-recoil ammo. Sure the ammo costs more - but having them enjoy shooting and not tire after just a few rounds is priceless to me!

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