My dad is looking to buy his stepson a deer rifle for christmas. the kid only has a .22, and is not experienced with a high powered rifle. (he has taken safety courses of course). he is 16 and a big fella so he can handle it but i just wanted some more opinions from yall. what would you buy a kid if your where in my dads situation?
SInce he is 16, .270 at the low end and probably 308 on the high end since he has no experience in recoil. Plus these would still be viable calibers as he gets older. The old standby platform, Rem 700, can't go wrong.
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I would go with a Savage in 25-06 270. even a 7x57. all good rounds the 25-06 would be good on the recoil end because you can load it with lighter bullets to get him going and work him up on the bullet weight and power scale.
is another reasonably priced rifle. I just bought one in 257 Weatherby Magnum for $450. The only downside I have found is the lousy trigger, I can't get it adjusted to go below 4 lbs. But the rifle is very accurate and I have a Timney trigger on the way from Midway. Gary
Depends on how he hunts. If he's going to be shooting from a tree stand at distances over 150 yards, a good bolt action in .270 or .308; but if he is on the ground, I think a lever action in .30-30 or .44 Magnum would be better. The guy could look around and maybe find a .44 Magnum Ruger semi-auto carbine that would double as a good home defense/survival gun.