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#6497977 - 10/16/16 04:55 PM Shotgun for kids??
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
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Loc: Central Tx
My 10 year daughter is begging me to take her dove hunting. Thinking about taking her next season to give time to practice with a shotgun. I'm ecstatic she's interested as I have 3 other daughters and the other 3 or not at all. Thinking a 20 gauge. What models, caliber, and brands have worked for you all with kids, specific models, etc. thanks in advance.

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#6497985 - 10/16/16 05:12 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Well, for 10 years old your largest obstacle is going to be finding something that will fit her small stature. And believe me ..... I went through it with my son. An ill-fitting gun will kick the snot out of her no matter what gauge it is. The problem with most 20ga guns is they are very light and that adds to the recoil factor.

No matter what you do, it's going to be a compromise. If I were in your shoes, I would get her a very inexpensive 12 gauge gun and have the stock cut to fit her. Then I would ask a good friend who reloads to load her some 7/8 ounce loads that have very little recoil. If you don't have a friend who reloads, have her shoot Winchester AA Skeet loads.

Not being a butt head, but at the age of 10 is she capable of handling and swinging a shotgun? Not many at that age can handle a gun well enough to dove hunt.
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#6498010 - 10/16/16 05:22 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Remington 870 youth model in 20 ga. It's affordable and easy to use. Low brass and there isn't too much kick.
I have had several friends buy them as a starter gun for kids. Take her someplace that sells them and let her hold it to check for size and fit.

If you get her something take her to a skeet range and let her start working on just straight going away and coming at you shots, no doubles. Build up her confidence then slowly start teaching pass shots and leading.

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#6498012 - 10/16/16 05:24 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
Nick1 Offline
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Next season is optimistic which will make her about 11.5, but if she's not ready, she won't go. I'm in no hurry. I figure she'll need a lot of range time to get comfortable. We aren't running out to buy gun soon, just looking ahead. Thanks for the advice.

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#6498033 - 10/16/16 05:36 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Sometime in early Spring would be a good time to sign both of you up for the Hunter Safety class. Even if you have yours, go ahead and take it together.

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#6498044 - 10/16/16 05:41 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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I bought my son an 870 20 ga youth two years ago when he was 8 and he loves it. We tried my Stoeger 20 ga, but it was just too heavy and large for him to use effectively and it doesn't cycle the managed recoil rounds very well. We went to Bass Pro and tried every youth gun they had (they have a good number of them). I was leaning towards the youth autoloaders, but he like the 870 the best and it seemed to fit him really well. I bought a limb saver for it and he shoots the managed recoil loads without any issue.
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#6498190 - 10/16/16 07:11 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Don't kid yourself the 870 20ga, youth model has a pretty good kick to it. Try to let her shoot one. I got one for my daughter and put one of those Grizzly slip on neoprene pads on it, helped allot. never seen managed recoil shotgun shells but a light 7/8oz load can be found.

The model 1100 20ga youth kicks hard too, my daughter is a small 26, she can handle the 870 but it still kicks her...

Most important, try to take her to a range with some instruction, NOT DAD !!! She will benefit. A pro will see things "we" wont. just my opinion
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#6498226 - 10/16/16 07:35 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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If I were looking for my wife or small daughter I'd probably be looking at a Yildiz 410 or 28 ga O/U. They are fairly inexpensive and the 28 should have enough weight to keep recoil to a minimum. Load one round at a time until she understands how it works and you are comfortable. You could have it cut down to her LOP and a better butt pad on. Keep in mind....it's just a starter gun so dont worry about starting with 410 if thats what it takes to get her comfortable. If she enjoys it you'll be able to step up to a larger gauge later. If she doesn't like it, you'll have a nice youth gun that shouldn't be too hard to sell to the next guy teaching their kid.

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#6498241 - 10/16/16 07:44 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Try a H&R 20 gauge Topper Jr. Cheap and I think a single shot is safest.

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#6498264 - 10/16/16 07:55 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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After trying the 870 youth and the mossberg 500 bantam youth 20 gauges in a store, we bought the mossberg. It's a tad heavier than the 870 possibly but my 10 yr old doesn't complain about the recoil and can shoot a box of shells in an outing without an gripes. The forend on the mossberg extends further back making it easier to reach for a youth shooter.

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#6498285 - 10/16/16 08:08 PM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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28 gauge. Remington made a nice semi in 28 gauge, the 11-48, check gunbroker, or a 1100 or 870. Shorten the barrel to 20" and shorten the rear to about 12". It will be lighter so she will be able to hold it up better. 28 gauge will reduce the recoil compared to a 20 gauge and still kill doves effectively. A lesson or two on a skeet range might help too. Start on station 7 with new shooters.

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#6498680 - 10/17/16 06:50 AM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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Started my first kid on a pump and my second with a semi. Wish I would have started the first on a semi. We've had a youth/compact SA-08 in the family for around five years. IMO they are a fantastic first shotgun for a kid.
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#6498695 - 10/17/16 07:16 AM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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I started and my son both started on a single shot 20 gauge youth stock. To this day I still don't like shooting it. Wouldn't think recoil would be all that bad but trust me it will abuse you worse than just about any 12 I've ever shot.

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#6498807 - 10/17/16 08:55 AM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Nick1]
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A 12 gauge single shot with the stock cut down. That way they'll get the most shot in the air in a lightweight, easy to carry package. peep
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#6499035 - 10/17/16 11:11 AM Re: Shotgun for kids?? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
A 12 gauge single shot with the stock cut down. That way they'll get the most shot in the air in a lightweight, easy to carry package. peep


A 12 ga in a lightweight, short package? You don't like kids very much do you....Lol. That would be a punishing gun for a 10 y.o. girl.



Personally I'll start mine on a pump in either .410 or .28 ga. You don't want them to be so scared of shooting that they hate it.

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