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#6518245 - 10/30/16 10:26 AM Best deer rifle for 8 year old
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I'm going to buy a rifle for my 8 year old grandson and was thinking of this: CVA Hunter Compact in 243, but I am open for any suggestions that you may have. He has only shot 22's. He is of average height and weight for an 8 year old.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/CVA-HUNTER-COMPACT-SINGLE-SHOT-CENTERFIRE-RIFLE/1994641.uts?searchPath=%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FCQ_refinements%3D~brand%253dCVA%26CQ_search%3D243%26CQ_st%3Db%26categoryId%3D734095080
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#6518253 - 10/30/16 10:38 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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I know this will probably turn into a debate on calibers, but I honestly believe a 223 is a great youth gun. There seems to be less flinch and better shot placement. I think the importance of accuracy out weighs the 30 grain difference in bullet size.
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#6518296 - 10/30/16 11:18 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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If he can handle the slight recoil of the .243 during practise at the range IMO it is the best youth cal. available.
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#6518302 - 10/30/16 11:22 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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I agree .223 will be good. I hunted with a .222 at that age. I remember in junior high talking to a classmate who hunted with a 30-06. He would tell me a few times about the deer he missed/wounded. As I've gotten older I think it might be cause he hunted with a30-06 as a young kid and was scared of the recoil. Just my 2 cents.

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#6518309 - 10/30/16 11:25 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: klp]
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.223, .222, or 22-250 are all great kid guns and deer slayers.
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#6518329 - 10/30/16 11:52 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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Often over looked and a close cousin to the .223 is the 6MM Remington. To me almost more important than the caliber is the fit.
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#6518345 - 10/30/16 12:02 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: GPS]
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Originally Posted By: GPS
Often over looked and a close cousin to the .223 is the 6MM Remington. To me almost more important than the caliber is the fit.

Yes I shot a semi-auto 6mm till I was 17, great gun with very little recoil. I think I shot 90 grain through it.
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#6518371 - 10/30/16 12:30 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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.250 savage is perfect for a kid
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#6518409 - 10/30/16 01:04 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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If the gun doesn't fit, it will smack the snot out of his cheek and there is absolutely no way that he'll ever hit anything with it. Find a gun that fits then worry about the cartridge.

Unless you are ready to get him into a 223 or 22/250, the 243 is your best choice. If you decide to go the 243 route, I'd strongly suggest that you get with Chad on here and see if he can offer you some low recoil loads. They will go a long way towards accuracy.
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#6518418 - 10/30/16 01:07 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: GPS]
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Originally Posted By: GPS
Often over looked and a close cousin to the .223 is the 6MM Remington. To me almost more important than the caliber is the fit.


I would agree. The fit makes all the difference on the felt recoil.
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#6518461 - 10/30/16 01:42 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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You can get a larger caliber for them to grow into but shoot the reduced recoil loads out of them that will make the recoil felt much less. Nothing wrong with a .222, .223, .22-250, .243 or 6mm. I have some Remington reduced recoil ammo for my .270 when I have a new hunter learning to shoot or shooting their first deer.
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#6518468 - 10/30/16 01:50 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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AR-15 223, will be the best fit for him unless he is exceptionally large. Choose a good bullet you'll be fine. Mys boys have killed plenty with a AR 15 at that age, I hand loaded 62gr barnes TSX.

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#6518511 - 10/30/16 02:41 PM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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Thank you all for your advise, I value everyone's opinion.
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#6519301 - 10/31/16 07:12 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Mr. T.]
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Hornady offers a lower recoil version of their .243 ammo that would make the caliber an even better choice for an eight-year-old.
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#6519334 - 10/31/16 07:49 AM Re: Best deer rifle for 8 year old [Re: Texas Dan]
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I had a Remington Mohawk 600 in 243 at that age....nice short rifle. Still love it today.
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