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#2458612 - 07/27/11 12:00 PM What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old?
ArkansasTnHunter
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Ok so here is the question. I am looking to buy my 12 yr old a rifle. I would really like to have something that is full size but a youth stock is available that way when he gets older I can just swap the stocks out. Any ideas on which rifle has this ability?
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#2458877 - 07/27/11 03:21 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: ArkansasTnHunter]
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Get him a Remington 700 youth model in 243 or 308. Then when he gets older you can get him a full size stock off of ebay for cheap. You occasionally run across a youth stock for a 700 on ebay but they go pretty high. Regular stocks are a dime a dozen.
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#2458888 - 07/27/11 03:37 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Rubberduck270]
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Is everything else the same as far as receiver and all going from youth to full size?
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#2460358 - 07/28/11 07:39 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Rubberduck270]
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 Originally Posted By: Rubberduck270
Get him a Remington 700 youth model in 243 or 308. Then when he gets older you can get him a full size stock off of ebay for cheap. You occasionally run across a youth stock for a 700 on ebay but they go pretty high. Regular stocks are a dime a dozen.


I would have to agree. I bought a youth model 700 in .308 because of the price. I put a hogue stock off the tactical model on it, and it is nice. I could always put the youth model stock back on for the kiddies. I believe the barrel is 20" instead of 24" like the long action or 26" like the magnum.
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#2460896 - 07/29/11 07:33 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: ArkansasTnHunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ArkansasTnHunter
Is everything else the same as far as receiver and all going from youth to full size?


Yes. It is still a 700 action just the length of pull on the stock is shorter and the barrel is a little shorter. And the youth models only come in short action calibers (243, 7mm-08, 308). Most Wal-Marts carry the youth 700 ADL. Just make sure its a 700 and not a 770. You definately don't want to waste your money on a 770.
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#2470277 - 08/06/11 02:50 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Rubberduck270]
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Ruger makes a great 243 and I really like the triple safety action for a young hunter. It makes it a very safe gun and they have to think more about the safety aspect of the gun. My son killed several deer and a hog with his.
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#2471043 - 08/07/11 11:39 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: hookem83]
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You may also want to look at the Remington Model 7. I bought one in .260 Remington for my kids to hunt with. they didn't use it, but I have killed several deer with it. It is a great youth gun.
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#2471061 - 08/07/11 11:59 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: scn]
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Weatherby makes a very nice affordable youth gun that has an adjutable stock and triggger and a 1.5 moa guarantee
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#2481323 - 08/15/11 03:20 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: redblood]
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I always loved my 7mm 08 when I was that age. Ruger M77 (tang safety).
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#2482279 - 08/16/11 09:59 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Brownie Boy]
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 Originally Posted By: Brownie Boy
I always loved my 7mm 08 when I was that age. Ruger M77 (tang safety).


the younger boy got his 7mm08 at about that age(12). he is 23 now and it's still his go-to gun.
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#2483984 - 08/17/11 01:58 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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.243 has served both my boys very well!
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#2510111 - 09/06/11 02:55 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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I use a 270 and im 13

Edited by Arial (09/06/11 02:56 PM)
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#2515563 - 09/10/11 10:26 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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300 ultra mag. just kidding 30 30
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#2517330 - 09/11/11 10:59 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: z7x]
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T/C contender carbine in 6.8spc, you can pick up a bantam buttstock for about 30 bucks and later pick up a .410 barrel and a rimfire barrel. The 6.8 in the 23 inch bbl gets velocity close to a .270 with very mild recoil.
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#2517893 - 09/12/11 12:46 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: nashvile1]
wayers
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7mm-08 0r 243
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#2525778 - 09/17/11 06:00 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: wayers]
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.416 Rigby or .505 Gibbs....... Would be bad. +1 on the .243. I know smaller rounds are legal now, but .243 is a soft shooting, hard hitting balance.
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#2527417 - 09/18/11 09:11 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Columbia Scott]
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7mm-08 beats a .243 hands down, and I'd think the .260 rem would've been good if it would've gotten some popularity.

Just a FYI: I had a New England Handirifle in .243 that would tumble heavier bullets so the guy at Bass Pro said to try lighter bullets. Well, just because the gun started grouping with 75 and 80 grain bullets didn't mean I should've let my son take it to the blind. He only wounded two before I insisted he just shoot my .270 for the rest of the season; no more wounded deer. I'm sure the 95 and 100 gr. cartridges are adequate for average whitetails, but more gun wouldn't hurt.


Edited by chiggerbit (09/18/11 09:14 PM)

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#2540646 - 09/27/11 05:21 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: chiggerbit]
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Remington Compact in 7mm-08. Short stock,full size action and formidable deer caliber for any age.
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#2545184 - 09/29/11 01:51 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: meat hunter]
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7-08 is a great choice!
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#2546271 - 09/30/11 07:13 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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all kids love the lever action
even us big kids especially if they're left handed
maybe its the cowboy thing but it really appeals to them

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#2550692 - 10/03/11 12:42 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: 1 good shot]
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What would you recommend for a 9 year old girl? Taking my daughter this year and trying to decide if .243 is too much for her. She weighs about 75 lbs so she's pretty skinny to begin with.
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#2560889 - 10/10/11 03:56 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: KatManDew]
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depends on the 12 year old. I had a Rem 700 30-06 when I was 12 while my cousin still shot a ruger auto 44.

I recently bought a Ruger M77 hawkeye SS in a 223. for my little girl.....well for her someday....she is only 7 months old.

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#2561663 - 10/11/11 07:00 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: deerkiller300wsm]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: deerkiller300wsm
depends on the 12 year old. I had a Rem 700 30-06 when I was 12 while my cousin still shot a ruger auto 44.

I recently bought a Ruger M77 hawkeye SS in a 223. for my little girl.....well for her someday....she is only 7 months old.


start her shooting early so she'll be ready if she's gonna deer hunt with a 223.
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#2628015 - 11/20/11 07:57 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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0.243
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#2639877 - 11/27/11 02:44 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Jim H]
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This is the question i was facing a few weeks back. i wanted to buy my son a gun to hunt with. I wanted a gun he would be comfortable with and be scared to shoot as he had never ever shot a gun before. Well i went to a local gun shop and they hooked us up. they let him shoot a ar15 .223 to see how he would react. Well it was great. long story short a .243 is in his future unless he wants to shoot my rem 700 bdl 25.06


so im +1 on the .243
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#2643292 - 11/29/11 04:40 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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I started with a .22. Its a good gun to learn safety with.
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#2645011 - 11/29/11 08:51 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: lefthandluke]
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243 is a great starter rifle. mine 11 year old shoots my 270 but he loves the 243.
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#2647813 - 12/01/11 09:18 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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the remington model 770 is pretty cost effective and it comes in .243 or a .270, the only reason I mention it is that its shorter than my model 700 in .243 and still a full size rifle, pretty light weight also. I think bass pro shops has it with a 3-9x scope for 349$ I considered getting one just to have a larger calibur to sit around in the gun cabinet.
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#2649661 - 12/02/11 08:44 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: JoshDosMil]
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 Originally Posted By: JoshDosMil
the remington model 770 is pretty cost effective and it comes in .243 or a .270,


i would look at ANYTHING else. not very well made.
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#2649960 - 12/02/11 11:58 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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yikes, sounds like i need to keep looking for a decent priced .270, I though that the 770 would fit the bill since my 700 has never let me down but I guess I'll keep searching. Thanks for the heads up.
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#2654765 - 12/05/11 09:39 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: JoshDosMil]
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Found a rossi youth model in .243 or .308 for $164

cheaperthandirt.com

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#2691434 - 12/26/11 02:31 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: JoshDosMil]
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might want to read some reviews on the rem. 770 rifle.........
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#2692253 - 12/27/11 06:08 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: buckhunter42]
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the processor dug a 243 bullet out of one of BOWd's deer. i still don't like the 243 for inexperienced shooters/hunters.
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#2696555 - 12/29/11 02:19 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: ArkansasTnHunter]
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243's are underrated. The 85 grain bthp game king is an awesome bullet for the 243. It is super accurate and deadly on deer. I load this for my son, wife and some older gents at church who are tired of the kick. Call sierra bullets and ask them about the 243! Also the barnes tsx is another deadly shooter without much kick.

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#2696561 - 12/29/11 02:22 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Lou358]
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Another plus is the predator/ varmint ammo available for the 243. Hornady has a 58g vmax that is deadly explosive on yotes and barely kicks at all. Definately a one gun and done for a 12 year old.
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#2697386 - 12/29/11 11:28 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Lou358]
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 Originally Posted By: Lou358
Another plus is the predator/ varmint ammo available for the 243. Hornady has a 58g vmax that is deadly explosive on yotes and barely kicks at all. Definately a one gun and done for a 12 year old.


Yeah, I haven't put alot of thought into that but I guess I would be a supporter of any caliber that you can shoot groundhogs all the way up to deer with. Seems like a sound investment to me.

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#2703378 - 01/02/12 03:17 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Lou358]
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 Originally Posted By: Lou358
243's are underrated. The 85 grain bthp game king is an awesome bullet for the 243. It is super accurate and deadly on deer. I load this for my son, wife and some older gents at church who are tired of the kick. Call sierra bullets and ask them about the 243! Also the barnes tsx is another deadly shooter without much kick.


Ditto

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#2724227 - 01/16/12 05:55 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: ]
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My 10 year old shoots a 30 30 marlin with open sites.
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#2724334 - 01/16/12 07:10 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: blueridge]
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at age 12 he might be able to sholder regular size gun. My son shoots a model 7 Rem. youth, but this yr he didn't shoot my Rem. model 700, but it did fit him pretty well. He is turning 10 in Febuary. Just a thought !
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#2741926 - 02/01/12 08:16 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: stik]
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7mm-08
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#2760688 - 02/18/12 07:16 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: rrhoghead]
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Model 7 Remington chambered in 7mm-08. Buy two because you will find yourself carrying it to the woods alot also.
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#2761232 - 02/19/12 09:33 AM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Rackseeker]
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 Originally Posted By: Rackseeker
Model 7 Remington chambered in 7mm-08. Buy two because you will find yourself carrying it to the woods alot also.



good recommendation. get a kimber for you and marlin for the kid
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#2767081 - 02/24/12 12:25 PM Re: What is the best rifle for a 12 yr old? [Re: Rackseeker]
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 Originally Posted By: Rackseeker
Model 7 Remington chambered in 7mm-08. Buy two because you will find yourself carrying it to the woods alot also.


What he said!!!
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