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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]
Rubberduck270
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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]
stik
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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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