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Old 12-11-2013, 01:27 AM   #31
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A 12 guage shotgun kicks just as hard as a rifle unless your talking something like a .22 rifle.

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My son is turning twenty in a few days and I am going to get him his first gun. He has shot all my guns and is a pretty good shot. I just can't decide between a rifle or a shotgun. I live in the desert and we have everything from dove to deer out here so I I'm not sure what to get him as his first gun. What would you get a twenty year old as his first gun?
that is a tough question w/o knowing his personal tastes, some like wood and steel....others like black plastic.

in overall usefulness and versatility, it is very difficult to beat a shotgun imo.....birds, small game, varmits, big game, water bottles .....right load takes them all!

i see a nice double barrel or pump with beautiful walnut furniture for me....er, your son......
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My .410 kicks more than my 12 gauge; and both kick more than my .308 and .223. The weight of the gun has some effect.
Yes, this is true. My Springfield M6 Scout recoils like a beast... almost like it is angry...
I had my last name engraved on the stock and none of my children have used this gun twice. I can't sell it now. My only hope is that my son will be as big as I am... or impervious to pain.

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Just a thought, you could look into the H&R handi rifles/shotguns. Interchangeable barrels and some of the older ones allow you to have a 12g and 308. As long as your not too recoil shy. I was looking into these myself recently.

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A shotgun in my opinion is a better all around gun. Get a 12 gauge.

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Did the OP end up making his decision yet?

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My son is turning twenty in a few days and I am going to get him his first gun. He has shot all my guns and is a pretty good shot. I just can't decide between a rifle or a shotgun. I live in the desert and we have everything from dove to deer out here so I I'm not sure what to get him as his first gun. What would you get a twenty year old as his first gun?
Marlin model 60 may seem a bit small but its what i suggest to everyone. I have one thats literally had like half a million rounds through it. Great gun
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My son is turning twenty in a few days and I am going to get him his first gun. He has shot all my guns and is a pretty good shot. I just can't decide between a rifle or a shotgun. I live in the desert and we have everything from dove to deer out here so I I'm not sure what to get him as his first gun. What would you get a twenty year old as his first gun?
Do u hunt? A shotgun and he can do everything, from birds to deer, etc, That would be a good way to get out with him and enjoy some togetherness
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I think I am getting him a shotgun. What kind I'm not sure just yet . I'm still looking for a good deal on one and hoping something comes up before Christmas. I have a Glennfield model 60 .22 and it has 1000's of rounds shot through it and it still shots like brand new. In fact I bought that gun myself when I was 16 years old. I bought it for squirrel and rabbit in Louisiana. But out here its really not a usefull gun except for rabbit. My LGS has some shotguns coming in soon so I'm waiting to see what they have coming in. They told me that they all would be on sale for Christmas.

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My mossberg 500 and 590 have never had an issue. They're awesome shotguns

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