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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-29-2011, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendation for a youth gun

I am looking to get a .243 or .270 for a youth. I am looking for a gun that doesn't kick much and light. I almost bought a Remington 770 Youth .243. I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend $300 for a gun that may kick more than my 30.06.

I am looking for information from people who actually shot the guns to verify it doesn't kick much. Thank you.
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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

I have a Rem 700 ADL Youth Model in .243. It has very little kick. My son started shooting it when he was 6.

I have never tried it, but people swear by the managed recoil ammunition in the .270. It is supposed to have very little kick, but I cannot verify that.

If you were closer, I would let you try it for yourself. Maybe someone on here close to you could let you try one of theirs a couple of times to see for yourself.

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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

When I started I had a Remington Model 7 in .243 that didn't kick, I was around 6 or 7 when my dad got me that. Now I have a Savage model 16 youth in .243 that I use for groundhogs that doesn't kick at all either.
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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

The other thing that I will add is that any .243 that I have shot hasn't kicked bad at all. I have shot a savage, several Remington models, Ruger, and Winchester and they all shot fine. I have only shot one youth model the rest were adult guns. Watch out for the single shots though. I know like the Rossi single shot .410 kicks like a mule. I have hunted for over 20 years and still use a .243 to hunt with. It is a very nice deer rifle.

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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

Consider a short action bolt maybe in a 7-08 or .308.
Then get the gun ported to reduce recoil.
I have not tried the reduced recoil ammo but the ported guns in these mid size calibers barely kick at all.

My wife is 110 lbs soaking wet and shoots a .300 RSUM without a problem. It is her main rifle.
She has a .243 youth model 7 for a back up and that kicks more than the magnum.
The mag is loud but it is a pleasure to shoot.

Then he will have a gun to use for life.

Here she is with a nice buck she took.
It is nothing fancy, just a remington 700 BDL with the stock cut back a bit to fit her length of pull.
But the lack of kick has made her confidence soar to the point that she almost never misses anything with the gun.



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Consider a short action bolt maybe in a 7-08 or .308.
I bought my 11 year old son a Howa 2n1 in 7mm08 and he shoots it very well at the bench. Nice thing is it comes with a youth stock and an adult stock. That way he can grow with it. He hasnt complained about recoil at all and his groups are tight.
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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

For my brother's boys we bought Rem 7600's in 30-06 and then I handloaded the rounds to 30-30 level with 150 gr. Flat Pts. Doing the math and the weight of the rifles the recoil was less then a 243 Win. Plus the "30-30" reduced load with that bullet is a proven deer slayer. When older just up the load to 30-06 levels. Only need one rifle, simply adjust the load to the shooter. But...if you don't reload this is all out the window unless you buy the factory Remington Managed Recoil loads. Guess that's always an option.

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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

i got my sons the weatherby vanguards 2 in 1 7mm-08 which is about the same as the howa...they started shooting them at age 8 with the manage recoil loads with no problems.i say any cal. with the manage recoil loads would be fine
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Remington model 7 .243

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Re: Recommendation for a youth gun

Thank you for all the input guys.
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