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gunboy245 06-09-2013 05:17 PM

Recomendations for a first deer rifle for a teen
I'm 15 years old and I'm taking suggestions for a good deer rifle what do you think would be a good gun for me?

Jagermeister 06-09-2013 05:33 PM

Are your guardians aware you are asking about firearms on this forum? Ask your guardians to take you to a good hunting or gun store to try different styles, calibers etc.

Steel_Talon 06-09-2013 05:54 PM


Originally Posted by gunboy245 (Post 1272041)
I'm 15 years old and I'm taking suggestions for a good deer rifle what do you think would be a good gun for me?

Good for you son......

Your size and girth play a lot towards fit and feel of a good deer rifle.

Young man's new deer gun? I'd say a Savage Axis package in 7mm-08..
would be hard to beat for a first deer rifle.

hiwall 06-09-2013 08:28 PM

The Ruger American Rifle might be a good choice also(nothing wrong with that Savage).

Sniper03 06-09-2013 08:58 PM


Glad to have you with us on the Forum! When you get a chance introduce yourself in that section of the Forum. As Steel Talon advised the size and stature of an individual is a factor particularly when choosing your first high powered rifle and caliber. Not knowing that it is a guess! It also depends on where you live and the terrain. Open or wooded for example. Distance you will be shooting and other issues. Off hand just guessing I would say a 243 Winchester or 308 Winchester. As far as the rifles I am not one for the low ball discount rifles. But there are many good rifles out there for the money with good quality. Mossberg, Marlin, Winchester, Remington, Savage, Howa and others. As well as a lot of great buys on used rifles since most of the time a guy or gal buys them on a whim and never really uses them. Finding them in like new condition for a great price.
Looking forward to hearing from you in the near future. It is always great when young people are entering the shooting sport! If you have not might think about also joining the NRA if you do not belong!


MOshooter 06-10-2013 12:23 AM

Lots of good caliber suggestions.another to add to the list to research 260 rem.

I bought my son a 7mm-08 when he started deer hunting,he's still very happy with the rifle and cartridge 15 years later.

eatmydust 06-10-2013 12:49 AM

Best options depend on your location! In the East & SE, a .30-30 lever action is an excellent 1st deer gun, out West, a .243, .308, .260 bolt action are better choices.

Axxe55 06-10-2013 12:50 AM

PM one of the Mods on getting this moved to the General Rifle section. it will get more replies and suggestions for you to give consideration.

BTW, welcome to the forum and stop over in the Introductions section and say hello! :D

given your age, a lot of what you choose will based on your shooting experiances and ability. also your size will play alot into this as well. i have seen 15 yo boys that still needed more of a youth sized rifle given their size, and i have seen some 15 yo boys that could handle some of the more adult sized rifles and calibers.

tell us a little more about yourself and your experiance with guns. what type of hunting are you planning on doing?

the more details we have, the better our suggestions will be.

readygirl 06-10-2013 12:52 AM

30-30 lever guns make for good first deer rifles..and will be a gun that you will enjoy owning long after you have moved up to bigger and better. Not much recoil, lightweight, simple to load and operate, short enough for a young person to easily maneuver in brush/climbing stands, more than enough power to take a deer under 150yrds.

readygirl 06-10-2013 01:02 AM

And there are several companies that make very nice, inexpensive, Weaver style scope mounts for lever guns. Nc Star is one that we carry. About $12.00

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