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#3073984 - 12/11/12 09:19 AM recommendation for youth 7mm-08
woodchuckc
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It may be a bit premature seeing as my daughter is not even 2 yet, but she is already showing a great interest in the outdoors. She is always eager to find me in the house and drag me to the window overlooking the field behind the house to point out the deer and turkeys she sees out there, so I'm hoping that she will become my hunting buddy as she gets older. I figure there is no time like the present to start preparing, so am thinking about going ahead and getting a youth deer rifle for her. If it turns out she does not have any interest, I can either sell it or put a stock extension on it and use it myself. I know a lot of people are fans of the 243 for youth, but I think a 7mm-08 would be a great caliber that would serve her and / or me as well.

There are quite a few choices out there - Marlin XS7, Savage AXIS and Model 11, Remington 700 SPS and 770, Howa 1500, and Ruger M77 Compact are some I have seen advertised. Anyone have recommendations for one of these or another rifle not listed above? I won't say that money is no object, but I would be comfortable spending $500-600 for a rifle now and buying a scope to go on it later.

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#3074012 - 12/11/12 09:35 AM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: woodchuckc]
FULLDRAWXX75
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My opinion...............

I would look for a good used or new what ever you feel more comfortable with NEF or H&R single barrel in a 7mm-08, They are of very good quality, not pricey, a manageable size gun for a youth and...............if she does change her mind on the whole hunting thing, you are not out a boat load of money. You can always move up when the need arises.

I have always been a fan of teaching/starting out a young hunter on a single shot weapon, I feel it makes them a much better shooter, when they know they only have ONE shot to get the job done correctly. That is how I learned and how my son was taught.

Best of luck

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#3074027 - 12/11/12 09:45 AM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
BigD_625
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Remington 700 youth. I had one in .308 and put a Hogue full size stock. It's a shooter. Full size stocks are everywhere.
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#3074209 - 12/11/12 12:06 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: BigD_625]
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I bought both my daughter and son youth model 7 for hunting.They took their first deer at age 7. But not the with the youth model 7. At 7 yrs old the youth gun is still much to long for them. I bought a youth H&R 7-08 and cut another inch off the stock and replaced the recoil pad. Now it is a true youth gun, and they have killed truckloads of deer with it.
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#3074232 - 12/11/12 12:16 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Check out Whitakerguns.com... Used NEF youth .243 $229. I think NEF snd H&R same. He will ship to your ffl...over 6000 guns new and used
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#3074298 - 12/11/12 12:57 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: BigD_625]
Rubberduck270
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 Originally Posted By: BigD_625
Remington 700 youth. I had one in .308 and put a Hogue full size stock. It's a shooter. Full size stocks are everywhere.

Yup. If she changes her mind you'll still have a good rifle that you can use too. H&Rs aren't a bad choice though.
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#3074364 - 12/11/12 01:22 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: Rubberduck270]
woodchuckc
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 Originally Posted By: Rubberduck270
 Originally Posted By: BigD_625
Remington 700 youth. I had one in .308 and put a Hogue full size stock. It's a shooter. Full size stocks are everywhere.

Yup. If she changes her mind you'll still have a good rifle that you can use too. H&Rs aren't a bad choice though.


I'm kind of leaning that way. If nothing else, I can break it in for her over the next few years instead of using my 30-06 all the time.

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#3074701 - 12/11/12 04:56 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: woodchuckc]
Rubberduck270
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Keep in mind its easier to find full size stocks rather than youth models. Id buy the youth 700 then spend $100 on a Boyds thumbhole laminate and keep the youth for when she's ready to hunt.
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#3076507 - 12/12/12 07:33 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: Rubberduck270]
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I bought my daughter a ruger compact, stainless with the gray laminate stock,in 7mm08. She has no problem shooting it and I've been known to control the population with it every now and then.
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#3076721 - 12/12/12 09:33 PM Re: recommendation for youth 7mm-08 [Re: Model 1]
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I would go with the Marlin XS7 or the Ruger Compact.
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