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Old 03-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #11
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I respect 2bit's views on this topic. However, all kids are different and this is a decision to made by the parents. If Engles5 thinks his boys are ready, then it's his job to teach them and enjoy the harvest.

I shot three legal deer in 2010. I had one butched for my freezer and donated the others to share the harvest. No venison wasted.

My brother bought his boy a NEF Handi Rifle in 30-06. He loaded it with Remington Managed Recoil ammo. Kicks like a 243.



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My son who is 8 started out in the blind with me taking it all in he is a quick learner he has taking some squirls this year with the old 4/10 I used when I was a kid I'll let him start whitetail at about the age of 10. Now my daughter is a very good learner as well at the age of 11 and some practice at the range and on ground hogs she got her first doe last year 220 swift right in the neck 80 yards dropped lights out she is a very calm steady shooter. What helps them is every weekend I take them 22 plinking out the club To them it's just as fun as going to a playground. I enjoy taking them out shooting for the experience and time together life is to short anymore gata enjoy it as much as I can



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Engles5,

Sounds like they are off to a good start.
Keep up the good work. It is great to hear of children who are learning to hunt with respect. It is tiresome to go over to Youtube and watch some videos of guys shooting stuff and laughing like some idiot at a comedy show. I have never figured out what the hell is so funny to them. The sport of hunting need a lots less of those sort of fools.

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Old 03-14-2012, 06:45 PM   #14
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If they are good shots and not tryin to shoot through brush and crap thats gonna effect the bullet I don't see anything wrong with 22-250, I have a buddy who sits on highline cuts and takes deer with a swift or 22-250 yearly, he too shoots them in the neck as your daughter did and they drop. I know another guy who used to use the 250 back in the70s and he claims its very deadly to deer shooting in the vitals, he claims the bullet is so fast and "explosive" that it turned their vitals to mush, you couldn't believe the damage done when you gutted them out apparently. However that is not first hand experience but the guy tends to know his stuff, I have seen the neck shot deer and its easy to see why it kills well.

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I make them take the neck shots because to me the neck is a lot smaller target on the deer down here if they pull a bad shot on the neck it's mostly a clean miss now if they pull a bad shot on the boiler room we all know what could happen that's why I am getting the 22-250 almost no recoil they are not afraid of the swift so the 22-250 should be no problem I would let them still use the swift but it was my grandfathers and it's time to retire it.

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Ive got a nice old R 700 chambered in 22-250. Awesome gun. Good varmit rifle but ive never taken a deer with it. I thought the smallest (legal) deer caliber was .243? Apparently people take deer with this though. Anyone know if it depends on the state, if so, theres no way Cali's gonna let me take a deer with it. Or am i wrong?

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Not sure? But here in WV we can use anything that is center fire you can use a 22hornet if you want never have but I have takin a lot of deer with my 220 swift.

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It's legal in Wisconsin too, check your DNR or whatever communist organization manages the hunting regs out in Cali.



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