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#5985200 - 10/20/15 07:01 AM Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer
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Deer I have, but the gun I do not. He is an avg size 6 year old, and wont fit most of my guns. What is a good youth model to get him so that he is ok with the size and recoil as well as the deer going down...

On the fence about a 223 and a 243 single shot has a bit of pop to it. Any help would be great!

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#5985211 - 10/20/15 07:07 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I shot my first deer with a breakover single shot 243. The ones with the interchangeable barrel , I was 6 and small for my age. I don't remember it ever kicking bad at all.

Where are you located? I will be glad to let him shoot it if he wants to

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#5985227 - 10/20/15 07:19 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I would consider an AR platform ideally in 308 with an adjustable slide stock.

Not much recoil, he can grow into it, and a real fun gun for both of you to go out and shoot with.
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#5985234 - 10/20/15 07:22 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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You might look into the managed recoil loads in a .243 or 7mm-08 to practice with on the range then go with a regular load when shooting a deer. He will not even notice the recoil in the heat of the hunt.

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/centerfire/managed-recoil/managed-recoil.aspx
http://www.hornady.com/store/243-Win-87-gr-SST-Custom-Lite/
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#5985235 - 10/20/15 07:22 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: jcarroll3]
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Originally Posted By: jcarroll3
I shot my first deer with a breakover single shot 243. The ones with the interchangeable barrel , I was 6 and small for my age. I don't remember it ever kicking bad at all.

Where are you located? I will be glad to let him shoot it if he wants to


Nice offer but I'm in Abilene. I guess I'm stuck between the 243 or just let him shoot my AR in 223. I sure dont want to track a deer with all the snakes we have and I'm not 100% convinced of the 223 on a deer with a 6 year old doing the shooting...

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#5985246 - 10/20/15 07:32 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
You might look into the managed recoil loads in a .243 or 7mm-08 to practice with on the range then go with a regular load when shooting a deer. He will not even notice the recoil in the heat of the hunt.

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/centerfire/managed-recoil/managed-recoil.aspx
http://www.hornady.com/store/243-Win-87-gr-SST-Custom-Lite/
Good thinking! With the groups of deer that come into this feeder the shot will be all of 30 yards.

I dont remember being this pumped about deer season in a long time! Man I want him to enjoy it!

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#5985253 - 10/20/15 07:39 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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Originally Posted By: Jasb
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
You might look into the managed recoil loads in a .243 or 7mm-08 to practice with on the range then go with a regular load when shooting a deer. He will not even notice the recoil in the heat of the hunt.

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/centerfire/managed-recoil/managed-recoil.aspx
http://www.hornady.com/store/243-Win-87-gr-SST-Custom-Lite/
Good thinking! With the groups of deer that come into this feeder the shot will be all of 30 yards.

I dont remember being this pumped about deer season in a long time! Man I want him to enjoy it!

With young kids on one ranch I managed, they had 2 exact same rifles at the ranch to hunt with. One a rimfire and the other a center fire. Same rifle, stock, scope everything but caliber. They practiced with rimfire then hunted with the other. Not one of them ever said a thing about recoil when killing their deer.
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#5985255 - 10/20/15 07:42 AM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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Originally Posted By: Jasb
Originally Posted By: jcarroll3
I shot my first deer with a breakover single shot 243. The ones with the interchangeable barrel , I was 6 and small for my age. I don't remember it ever kicking bad at all.

Where are you located? I will be glad to let him shoot it if he wants to


Nice offer but I'm in Abilene. I guess I'm stuck between the 243 or just let him shoot my AR in 223. I sure dont want to track a deer with all the snakes we have and I'm not 100% convinced of the 223 on a deer with a 6 year old doing the shooting...

I have had a couple of first time youth hunters use a .223 all with success. Good bullet, close shot and great bullet placement resulted in first deer with all of them. They shot heart shots. I have used 55 grain Remington PSP in my .223 with great success. I shoot hi-point of the shoulder.
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#5985820 - 10/20/15 01:36 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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Does your AR have a scope? At 30 yards it should be plenty with a good bullet. If you're that worried it tells me he's not ready no matter what caliber is used. Practice, practice, practice!
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#5985862 - 10/20/15 02:00 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I just learned from my kid that he likes to practice with his .22 but when he shoots at a deer he doesn't notice the recoil from the 30.06. He said he was too excited to even remember if it kicks. Don't go too small a caliber might have a worse experience if he doesn't recover his first deer.
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#5985866 - 10/20/15 02:08 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I bought my grandson a Thompson Contender (rifle stock) in 223 that he used to shoot his first 3 deer. My granddaughter is not learning to shoot it so that she can shoot a deer this season.

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#5985867 - 10/20/15 02:09 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
GHale Offline
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That is suppose to read "granddaughter is NOW learning to shoot it"

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#5985985 - 10/20/15 03:44 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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All of the first timers around here start with a .223 I have that's pistol grip and has an adjustable youth stock, shooting 64 grain nosler's.

One of the biggest things over looked is being sure the gun fits the shooter. They haven't lost one yet in 10+ years and 7 or so different kids, with that gun.

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#5986266 - 10/20/15 06:54 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I shot my first few deer with a Remington semi auto 243 and 100 gr Cor Lokts. Worked just fine and practically no recoil.
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#5986687 - 10/20/15 10:11 PM Re: Need help 6 year old wants to shoot a deer [Re: Jasb]
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I just bought my 8yr old a youth 7mm-08 (cva hunter) at academy for $179 and he loves it. Right now we are using hornady 139gr interlock rounds and he is shooting a 1 in grouping at 150yrds. For a six year old a reduced recoil round probably wouldn't hurt. We debated about a 223 but after all the research we decided to go with the 7mm-08 because it has plenty of knock down power.

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