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#6818301 - 07/10/17 12:25 PM Youth Shotgun
AdanV Offline
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Registered: 07/27/12
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Loc: Katy, TX
Good morning,

In the next couple of months, I'm going to be scraping money together to get my son a 'Youth-size' shotgun.
Normally, we go to the gun range and shoot the .22LR to enjoy the day.
However, I've been thinking of getting him a shotgun.

He's 11 now, about 4 feet tall.

All I have is Stoeger P350 (28" Barrel) and Maverick88 (20" Barrel).
But both are 12 Gauge, and I feel that'll give him a sore shoulder and discourage him.


It will be used for clay shooting, along with rabbit & bird hunting in the fall.
Pump-action, Over/Under, or Side/Side, we're not sure.


Was wondering if anyone here can suggest something?
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#6818311 - 07/10/17 12:28 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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Got my wife/kids a Weatherby SA-08 autoloader youth.

Bout $450. Great gun hardly any recoil.

Youth pump shotguns can be a bit snappy
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#6818498 - 07/10/17 03:11 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: txtrophy85]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Got my wife/kids a Weatherby SA-08 autoloader youth.

Bout $450. Great gun hardly any recoil.

Youth pump shotguns can be a bit snappy


Very true about the snappy pump. My daughter shoots a Remington 870 youth, its a great starter shotgun for the $$. Start with the lightest loads you can find, I know there are several low recoil 12 gauge rounds available, not sure about 20ga. probably just a normal 7/8oz field load, skip the 1oz heavier loads for now.

if you can swing the $$ look at a good semi-auto like Trophy's Weatherby

I also put one of those "Grizzly" neoprene, slip-on recoil pads with the insertable foam spacers. Works really well with recoil.
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#6818563 - 07/10/17 04:06 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 175
Loc: Euless,TX
Hard to beat a Mossberg youth 500, my opinion anyway. You may have trouble finding a youth model but pawn shops are full of used shotguns but let them screw you the price, they will most definitely try to.

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#6818586 - 07/10/17 04:24 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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You might look at Yildiz 20ga OU or SS but you'd definitely want to put the limbsaver on the gun.
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#6818595 - 07/10/17 04:34 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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Loc: Texas
I think an 870 Youth 20 gauge would be the ticket.
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#6818668 - 07/10/17 05:43 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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I had a 870 youth model growing up, and man, talk about recoil. The youth mossbergs I've shot haven't been nearly as bad. I'd be trying to find a gas operated semi auto if I was you.
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#6818758 - 07/10/17 07:12 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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That Escort isn't a bad little semi auto. think Academy sells them
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#6820068 - 07/11/17 09:10 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: txtrophy85]
Gumbeaux Offline
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Registered: 09/11/09
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Got my wife/kids a Weatherby SA-08 autoloader youth.

Bout $450. Great gun hardly any recoil.

Youth pump shotguns can be a bit snappy


I second this. Bought one for my son. Solid little gun, soft recoil, and the price is right for something he'll soon outgrow.
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#6820082 - 07/11/17 09:26 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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H&R 20ga. Cheap gun, plus a single shot saves $ on shells and is safer.

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#6821451 - 07/13/17 09:32 AM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
cyphertext Offline
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Registered: 09/12/06
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Loc: Wylie, TX
Started my son with a Mossberg 500 Bantam Youth 20 Gauge. Had to change out the recoil pad for him because the Mossberg factory one was hard. He shot a limit with it his first time out dove hunting.

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#6821568 - 07/13/17 11:36 AM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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Registered: 09/17/10
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Loc: Albany
Weatherby has a very affordable youth model in a pump and in a semi auto.
20 ga.

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#6821634 - 07/13/17 01:02 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
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I bought my oldest daughter a Remington 1100 youth model automatic. Solid little 20 gauge that fits her perfectly.

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#6821838 - 07/13/17 04:19 PM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: Gumbeaux]
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
Originally Posted By: Gumbeaux
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Got my wife/kids a Weatherby SA-08 autoloader youth.

Bout $450. Great gun hardly any recoil.

Youth pump shotguns can be a bit snappy


I second this. Bought one for my son. Solid little gun, soft recoil, and the price is right for something he'll soon outgrow.


This, started first child on a Bantam and second on the Weatherby. I regret not starting child #1 on the Weatherby.

A $450.00 semi is a much better gun than a $450.00 O/U or SxS.
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#6822335 - 07/14/17 08:14 AM Re: Youth Shotgun [Re: AdanV]
Pappybear Offline
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Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 96
Loc: Argyle /N.Central Pennsylvania...
I would get either a good quality youth pump or semi auto. I would stay away from single shots, specially the ones that have exposed hammers. Most kids don't have the hand strength or size to [censored] the gun easily. Once it's cocked they have a bigger problem trying to make it safe if it's not fired.
A pump or semi can grow with the young hunter. Remington and Mossberg offer very reasonable deals on Full size stocks to customers who buy their youth model guns.
The felt recoil on a semi would be less than a pump and a pump would be less than a single shot.
For a pump, you can't go wrong with the Remington 870 youth. It under $300 at most dealers.
If you can spend closer to $500 the Remington 11-87 youth would be my choice.
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