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#3043662 - 11/21/12 12:51 PM 6yr old hunting
10 Point

Registered: 09/16/08
Posts: 3201
Loc: Southern Middle Tn

My boy is fixin to be 6. I'm getting his gun worked on and I believe he could get it done with my 270. He can have the rifle proped on the ground blind window for a rest, and aim by himself but he will have the stock under his armpit. I could hold the butt with my hand to keep the recoil off him. Any suggestions or thoughts? I can take pros and cons.
#3043668 - 11/21/12 01:02 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: ]
10 Point

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 4265
Loc: cleveland,tn

223 22-250
#3043673 - 11/21/12 01:06 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: utfan1]
Born and Raised

Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 65
Loc: TN

I would not risk wounding an animal. I too have a 6 year old and he's big for his age but his shooting technique is just not good enough to hunt with. I'm going to give him a few more years at shooting at targets before turning him loose on a live animal. Just continue to take him hunting with you for awhile and have him help with everything else.
#3043682 - 11/21/12 01:13 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: Born and Raised]
Deer Whisperer
10 Point

Registered: 04/16/05
Posts: 4523
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I wouldn't expect your hand to keep the scope off of his eye.
If he can consistently hit targets at various ranges, I would let him shoot.

I bought a synthetic stock for my 243 and cut it short enough for my kids to shoulder it and look through the scope. You may not need to do that, but it worked for me.

#3043686 - 11/21/12 01:18 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: Deer Whisperer]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

Bad idea IMO. I think there is a real possibility in him getting hit with the scope doing that. If he gets popped, it may turn him against any shooting/hunting.

IMO it is far better to wait until he can shoulder and shoot a youth model of a lesser caliber and be consistent with his shooting. I'd take him and let you do the shooting.
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3043690 - 11/21/12 01:20 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: Deer Whisperer]
TnDeer Old Timer
4 Point

Registered: 08/25/99
Posts: 281
Loc: Jefferson City, TN

One of my sons took his first deer at age 7 with a .243, but he started shooting when he was 3 with a .22. He loved to shoot and shot a ton, so he was ready to move up to the .243 when he was 6. I would not recommend letting him shoot a .270 with the butt under his arm. One bad experience could turn him against shooting.
#3043693 - 11/21/12 01:23 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: Deer Whisperer]
10 Point

Registered: 09/16/08
Posts: 3201
Loc: Southern Middle Tn

I may just wait for his to get done. He shoots a 410 by himself and does fine and can hit fine with slugs inside 50yds which is as far as ide let him shoot. My 270 is a fairly heavy bolt gun and what is not bad recoil to me will 10x on him I guess.
#3043694 - 11/21/12 01:25 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: ERIC]
4 Point

Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 116
Loc: tenn

If he is a good shot id let him go for it....however id get him a gun that he could shoulder......both of my boys started deer and turkey hunting when they were 6 and they both did fine....
#3043710 - 11/21/12 01:40 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: slim]

Registered: 08/31/02
Posts: 42314
Loc: Lebanon,TN USA

My suggestion would be either get him a rifle that gfits or wait until he is old enough.

Constipation has ruined many a good day. Not as many as stupidity, though.

#3043714 - 11/21/12 01:45 PM Re: 6yr old hunting [Re: bowriter]
6 Point

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Dickson, TN

I'd get a rifle he can shoulder and shoot himself as we'll. my little girl is 3 and shoots a 22 pretty decent. I have a single shot NEF 243 with a heavy barrel and plan on knocking 1-2" off the stock for it to be even shorter for her when the time comes...
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