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Old 08-16-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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So I'm taking my son hunting for the first time (dove) and introducing him to firearms. He knows I have them and has shown an interest. I have a private field to dove hunt so it will be a good chance to teach him about safety without any pressure from other people. My question is what would be a better shotgun for him, 20 gauge or the .410? I have never shoot a .410 so I am ignorant on it. I want him to enjoy it out all the pain of a 12 gauge. So any ideas?



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Old 08-16-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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A 20 ga is vastly superior for wingshooting compared to a 410. The 410 simply doesn't put enough shot in the air. It's the choice of experts who are such good shots that they find larger gauges boring and need the challenge of hitting anything with the 410 to keep interested. Unless your son fits that category, he'd be much better off with a 20, assuming he can handle the recoil.



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Wing shooting go with the 20 gauge..............

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I like the .410 for skeet and squirrels but a 20 ga would probably be better for doves.

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In addition to whats been said, doves are hard enough to hit with either a 12 or a 20. Why handicap the boy further and possibly have him lose interest because of missing?
I dont know what the national average for kills per shells fired now is, but at one point i remember reading it was 1 in 5 shells fired. with a 410 i'd bet that number would be much higher.

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Just make sure the 20g has a good recoil pad on it, and avoid the heavy shells. Id also recommend ear plugs. Alot of people have a hard time hittin dove so make sure you miss a few too, so not to make him feel bad. When you take a kid hunting, make sure its about HIM hunting and learning, not about a bird count.
Theres still time to take him out for some clay pigeons also. Great way for him to learn a shotgun, and to figure out what'll work for him.

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Yes its not fair for your boy to be trying to hit a dove with a 410. He might as well be throwing rocks in the air.

As for what's said about the recoil just teach him how to mount and shoulder the gun properly show him a good stance and emphasize on leaning forward into it and depending on how big he is, he should be fine. Just make sure he keeps the good habits.

It's great your bringing another hunter into the sport. It's always fun to see kids in the field. Good luck!

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The only thing I would use a .410 for is blasting unwanted varmints in the night.

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Just make sure the 20g has a good recoil pad on it, and avoid the heavy shells. Id also recommend ear plugs. Alot of people have a hard time hittin dove so make sure you miss a few too, so not to make him feel bad. When you take a kid hunting, make sure its about HIM hunting and learning, not about a bird count.
Theres still time to take him out for some clay pigeons also. Great way for him to learn a shotgun, and to figure out what'll work for him.
Spot on advice!
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Definitely the 20 guage!!! 410's are for experts not for young or old men just starting out. Another thing that was mentioned by another is hearing protection. Please don't start your son off to a life of poor hearing by not protecting his ears. My favorite word is HUH or say what its no way to live and it because of the lack of ear protection in my formative years!! FRJ



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