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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a new rifle

Looking for input from the HPC community.

I am looking for a new Deer Rifle for myself but at the same time, it is going to be a gun that my 4-year-old daughter can grow into. I shot a model 700 Remington, 7mm rem mag. As a young child, I had a hard time putting bullets on paper due to the recoil, but never noticed the 7mm rem mag kick when a deer was in the cross hairs.

I am looking for a low recoil rifle (something bigger than a .243)…thinking about the 7mm-08. I want to be able to swap the stock from a youth stock to an adult stock or an adult stock to a youth stock without having an issue with barrel weight (thinking 22 inch). Right now, I do not think it matter to me if the barrel is blued or stainless, if the adult stock is wood, but want a synthetic youth stock. I want a drop plat to remove bullets or a removable clip; I do not want to chamber mutable rounds to clear the gun.

The only thing I can find that gives me 2 stocks is the Howa M1500 2 N 1 combo pack….I cannot find a vender that makes a youth stock that fits a “adult length barrel”.

Would anybody have any good ideas?
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 12:40 AM
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Re: Looking for a new rifle

you might consider a Remington Model 7 youth then add 1" recoil pad to it for your LOP then put the original back on for her. Works well for us. Also, you can buy a Boyds drop-in stock for it when she's ready to move up.

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Re: Looking for a new rifle

The Vanguard Synthetic Youth has a spacer that allows you to adjust the LOP from 12 1/2" to 13 5/8". It also has a 20" barrel which should balance better for a child and shouldn't hinder you too much with a 7mm-08.
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Re: Looking for a new rifle

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you might consider a Remington Model 7 youth then add 1" recoil pad to it for your LOP then put the original back on for her. Works well for us. Also, you can buy a Boyds drop-in stock for it when she's ready to move up.

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Great idea and in a 260cal.

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Re: Looking for a new rifle

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you might consider a Remington Model 7 youth then add 1" recoil pad to it for your LOP then put the original back on for her. Works well for us. Also, you can buy a Boyds drop-in stock for it when she's ready to move up.

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Great idea and in a 260cal.
I will third the model 7. You can pick up the youth model and buy a factory remington synthetic adult stock for I believe around $110. I have a model 7 and love it.

I have the 260 and its a great caliber that has more knockdown power than 243 but less kick than a 308 or 7mm 08. The only thing it is missing is it has a 20 inch barrel instead of the 22 you stated.
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Re: Looking for a new rifle

IMO the 260 Rem. would be perfect.

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Re: Looking for a new rifle

I am looking for something similar for my youngest. I would love a 260 but they are tough to find without spending a fortune. More than likely gonna end up with the Vanguard in 7-08 or .243.

The 260 is on my short list though if one pops up!!!

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Re: Looking for a new rifle

All of my rifles are Remingtons. That being said, I vote for the weatherby. I am just not sure about the quality standards of the new owners of big green. I know of guys that have had issues with ammo that were never there before,so I don't know if I would take a chance on a bigger purchase such as a rifle. I hope I am wrong. As far as caliber choice, I have never shot a 7mm-08 or a 260, but since they are born from a 308,and the bullet weights are similiar, would they kick much less than a 308? I have been looking at ammo prices and 308's are a lot cheaper to shoot.

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I agree with the 260 being the best caliber choice

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Re: Looking for a new rifle

get a 308 and use reduced recoil rounds when the kid uses the rifle. then they can use regular rounds as they grow. in the mean time you have a great caliber that will kill anything in PA. the tikka T3 is a great gun, better than rems now.

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