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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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#2905193 - 08/13/12 06:34 AM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: ]
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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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#3785074 - 10/05/14 06:55 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: Relentless]
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i would start him off with a 410. it barley kicks and is fun to shoot. that was my first gun. I loved it.
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#3795953 - 10/15/14 02:13 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: thehuntress123]
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go with a cheap single shot .410, then upgrade him to a nice 20 gauge when he is about 10. I got my son a Mossberg youth 20 gauge pump at 10 and he loves it, but starting out it would have probably had too much kick for him to enjoy shooting. Only bad thing about a .410 is that a box of shells is about $12-14 for them vs. $6-8 for a 20 gauge
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#3805645 - 10/23/14 09:12 PM Re: Shotgun for my Son? [Re: rwjjr]
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If he can shoot a 20, he can shoot a 12. I've seen way too many kids who started out shooting a pump 20 that had a tremendous flinch. 28 gauge is the way to go. I'm partial though cause it's my favorite. Don't sweat finding shells. If you think he (or you) is gonna shoot it a lot. Buy a case of AA's or rem sts target loads. Save your hulls and get a reloader. I can reload a box of 28's for $4.00. It doesn't take too many 4 dollar boxes to pay for the cost of the reloader and supplies. I'd rather shoot a 28 over any other shotgun I have.

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