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Old 10-12-2013, 11:51 PM   #11
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I got my start in shotgun hunting with a 12 gauge and a big fat recoil pad. So I'd go with a MINIMUM of 20 guage. Never a 410

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The 20 gauge is going to be your best choice.
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Originally Posted by OandB View Post
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?
Depends on the shooter. My wife while not afeert of recoil leaned more shooting a 410. Wit hher I have found that she does best when I start her smaller and work up. My daughter was the same way. If I skipped a step form smaller up she would not do as well. But I did have her shooting a 12 gauge by 11 and she was a small (thin) kid. With my daughter the recoil caused a flinch unless I started small ad worked up.

But like I said we're are all different. So results vary.
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