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#471884 - 10/28/07 10:01 PM New gun for a 6 yr old?
Razorback54
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What caliber gun would be good for a beginning 6 yr old? What can get the job done on deer up to about 100 yds with minimal kick?
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#471896 - 10/28/07 10:05 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Razorback54]
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243 using 85 grain TSX or Interbond.
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#472003 - 10/28/07 11:22 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Model70Man]
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The 243 is a great all around caliber. Make sure you use a tough bullet if you go with a small caliber, Barnes TSX or Partition.
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#472333 - 10/29/07 09:30 AM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Cull Buck Hunter]
smstone22
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243
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#472465 - 10/29/07 10:51 AM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: smstone22]
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7mm-08 with a 120 gr bullet.
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#472834 - 10/29/07 02:39 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Tikkabuck]
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This question is asked multiple times on multiple forums every year. Usually overlooked in the ensuing discussion about calibers is the fact that the FIT of the firearm to a young and/or small-statured shooter is at least as important as the caliber. If the shooter cannot hold the rifle comfortably and properly, he/she will be inaccurate and will likely be punished far worse by whatever recoil is present than would be the case with a properly fitting rifle.
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#473524 - 10/29/07 08:36 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Bambi Buster]
Razorback54
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 Originally Posted By: Bambi Buster
This question is asked multiple times on multiple forums every year. Usually overlooked in the ensuing discussion about calibers is the fact that the FIT of the firearm to a young and/or small-statured shooter is at least as important as the caliber. If the shooter cannot hold the rifle comfortably and properly, he/she will be inaccurate and will likely be punished far worse by whatever recoil is present than would be the case with a properly fitting rifle.


I agree with you that it is important, but if you found a good starting caliber, you could then find a model that would fit the youth!
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#473526 - 10/29/07 08:36 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Razorback54]
Razorback54
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Probably will go with the 243, anyone hunt with a 223? would this get the job done as well??
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#473991 - 10/30/07 07:56 AM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Razorback54]
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Razorback54...A friend of mine's son killed a doe last year and a spike this year and both were killed with a .223. Not sure what bullet he was using.
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#474378 - 10/30/07 12:51 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Gravey]
Darkthirty II
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My 260 kicks very little, I would not be afraid to let the smallest frame kid shoot it. Just a hair bigger than the 243. Get the 260 in a Rem. 700 youth model and you have a winner.
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#474410 - 10/30/07 01:07 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Razorback54]
statelineRUT
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 Originally Posted By: Razorback54
Probably will go with the 243, anyone hunt with a 223? would this get the job done as well??


Yep sure will. 223 works fine. Remington 55gr pointed soft point.
80 yard shot. Dropped like a sack of taters.
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#474882 - 10/30/07 07:35 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Darkthirty II]
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7mm-08 is THE BEST light recoil deer round ever made.
is that gun pointed at that kid? MAJOR safety violation!!


Edited by stik (10/30/07 07:36 PM)
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#475080 - 10/30/07 09:14 PM Re: New gun for a 6 yr old? [Re: Darkthirty II]
HuntingandHarleys
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Lever action Marlin in 44 mag. or 357 mag. It will get the job done at 100 yards with very little recoil.
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