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#2904578 - 08/12/12 01:57 PM Shotgun for my Son?
JoeDeer
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I have a 6 1/2 year old that i would like to get a shotgun for to learn to dove hunt and squirrel hunt...i am not sure whether to try and find a youth .410 or a 28 gauge....

any help advice etc...would be greatly appreciated
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#2904751 - 08/12/12 05:21 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: JoeDeer]
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When i was about that age, (40 + years ago) my dad bought me a old 410 to cut my teeth. I remember thinking it kicked like a mule. Hey still got it and my daughter shoots it now. I like the 410.
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#2905193 - 08/13/12 06:34 AM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: Buckykm1]
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Squirrel 410
dove 28
the 410 shoots a string of shot.. not really what you want dove hunting.. a semi auto 28 will not have very much felt recoil
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#2908391 - 08/15/12 01:23 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: pressfit]
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dad bought me a youth model winchester pump 20ga when I was like 9. was my first gun. great little gun, i still have it and shoot it every so often
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#2910901 - 08/17/12 09:04 AM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: arctic_cat]
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.410. The shells are somewhat easier to find than the 28. I would see if he can shoot a 20 myself. I was shooting them at the age of 6 and stepped up to the 12 at 8.
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#2911901 - 08/18/12 09:38 AM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: redheadshooter]
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Got my son, when he was 7, a Mossberg youth pump 410. Not much recoil to it at all.

I agree with others, though. 410 is good for squirrels or blasting cans and stuff. Doves are tough for adults to hit with a 20g.
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#2914549 - 08/20/12 09:04 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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I bought my son a Mossberg pump .410 as well. He killed his first two deer as a 6 year old shooting 2 1/2" slugs (inside 20 yards). He had to use a rest, but it worked. He's killed a handfull of ducks with that gun also. I did cut the stock and re-mount the butt pad to fit his short reach.

He's moved up to a .243 to deer hunt with, but still hunts everything else with the .410. Good luck.
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