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#6965084 - 11/18/17 04:25 PM Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old
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A good friend of mine is getting ready to take his boy deer hunting and they are pumped! His son is taking Hunter Ed today and is in need of his first rifle.
Great kid, pretty good size, and pretty tough. Looking for synthetic so it can handle bumps and scratches, but something he could shoot for a long time. Not trying to break the bank, but looking for a good quality rifle.

What would you guys suggest? And what caliber as well for primarily Texas WT Deer?

Thanks!

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#6965093 - 11/18/17 04:41 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Would be hard to beat this deal (Savage bashers notwithstanding)...especially with the $100 rebate Savage is running through the end of the year. I have one on order now for my boys to use.

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/mobile/product/5202/savage_11doa_xp_65_creed_bushnell


Edited by Adchunts (11/18/17 04:41 PM)

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#6965101 - 11/18/17 04:48 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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I started out with a Marlin 336 30-30 when I was 10. I think if I had a boy, I would start him with the same.

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#6965108 - 11/18/17 04:52 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Ruger American in .243 or the Howa mini action in 6.5 Grendel. Both will do a great job on deer and hogs, low recoil and also do great on targets at longer distances. P_102
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#6965114 - 11/18/17 04:54 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Registered: 05/02/17
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
I would look at the Ruger American in a .243 or 7mm-08. I don't think you would be going wrong spending a little more for a good quality rifle.

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#6965128 - 11/18/17 05:03 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Ruger American Ranch in 300 Blackout.

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#6965129 - 11/18/17 05:04 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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30-30
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#6965180 - 11/18/17 05:57 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Buy the right one from the beginning so when he's older he will still want to use it

Don't get a 30-30

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#6965193 - 11/18/17 06:11 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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What does the boy want???
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#6965225 - 11/18/17 06:52 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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How far will he be shooting or whats the norm where he'll be hunting? How familiar is he with a rifle?

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#6965290 - 11/18/17 07:47 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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I started my son with a Rem 222. He shot it for several years. No recoil and still kills.

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#6965311 - 11/18/17 08:24 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: Greg]
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Registered: 01/06/13
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Loc: Del Rio, TX
I woukd suggest a .25-06 it’s a solid caliber with plenty of stopping power and won’t kick too much at all. I think there’s a few Savage combos that wouldn’t break the bank that should work plenty well.

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#6965343 - 11/18/17 08:56 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Ruger American Ranch in 300 Blackout.


This
Low recoil, plenty of ammo options
Supressor ready
Kills Deer and hogs all day and all night long
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#6965357 - 11/18/17 09:18 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: spg]
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I think he is looking for a bolt gun for his son. Not sure of shooting distance but I'd imagine not over 100 yards or so. Lots of good choices above. Thanks!

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#6965415 - 11/18/17 10:33 PM Re: Best all around rifle for an 11 yr old [Re: P_102]
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I would get him one he could use for years.

Originally Posted By: P_102
Ruger American in .243 or the Howa mini action in 6.5 Grendel. Both will do a great job on deer and hogs, low recoil and also do great on targets at longer distances. P_102


Either of those would fill the bill and with managed recoil or Hornady lite loads roll with the 7mm-08 in the Ruger. The Howa Mini is now available with a youth stock and there have been some great deals on the Howa on line. Whittacker has had some of the youth ones on sale lately for well under 400.
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