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Old 02-11-2013, 02:35 AM   #31
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:51 AM   #32
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I have a Stoeger SXS double in 20 gauge. The barrels are choked improved and modified. It is a nice little gun. The stock will be too long for him. I shortened a stock for my son a looong time ago. I kept the cut off and made a spacer to make up for the cut so I could put it back together. He still has it but we ended up installing a recoil pad instead as he got older. Damn, that was 35 years ago.
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My 1st was a New england from walmart for 75.00 . Single shot 12 , kicks like hell but is devastating at a turkey shoot . They at least use to offer many different interchangeable barrels for them as well .
Least not forget , you can get adapters for shot guns to shoot different rounds.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:05 AM   #34
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Personally I like the Stoeger, it will be my next shotgun. But The Rem 870 and Moss 500 have so many aftermarket parts, it would be a "kit" gun, something he could change as he grew in size and experience. And it's something he could do himself. I"ve got the Moss 500 and I have changed the stock and barrel a few times.
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Dude get him a cheap mossberg from a pawn shop paying no more than 160 its a first shotgun. To use an analogy you dont get your kid a brand new expensive sports car for their first car. Get them a cheap car with some dents that runs
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #36
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Lots of good advice here. For his size, it seems like a 20 guage would be excellent. And he wouldn't grow out of it. It is still good. And the synthetic stock - so much better than trying to keep from dinging a nice wooden stock. Those nice stocks take a lot of the joy and usefulness out of using a gun - trying to keep them pretty.
The Mossbergs are not that much new...

And the Stoeger comments - wow! - I'm glad I read this thread. I love those side by side double barrels but somehow I was under the impression that a Stoeger was Chinese. So I turned off of them - though I have handled them at shows. This will change my tune. At the next show, I will ...
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Get him a 12 gauge! When I was 13, I really wanted a semi 20 because I heard the recoil was light and I could shoot it really fast :P but my dad bought me a Remington 870 supermag mossy oak bottom land camo. And boy am I ever glad he did. when I was 13 he would only let me shoot light 8 shot rounds at trap and squirrel. The recoil was not a big deal to me and at the time I was a puny little kid. Now as I've gotten older, I've been using bigger shells for turkey (such as Winchester supreme 6 shot, 3 1/2 inchers) and get him a pump action, I've gotten fast enough with a pump action that i can knock down 2 turkeys before the whole flock flies away.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:30 AM   #38
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How big is your son?

I have a Mossberg 500, the only drawback is it kicks like a

mule on crack. I'm a big guy, and it's OK for me, but

recoil is punishing to the point I rarely hand it to

others, even with light birdshot.
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Looks like we have a Lazarus thread here. The OP has not posted in almost 6 months, but I am curious as well. Peashooter22, what did you wind up going with for your son? If you are still around, let us know.
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