A rifle for my son

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by scramble, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. scramble

    scramble New Member

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    I want to buy my son a bolt action rifle; he is wanting to start deer hunting with me this year. He's ten years old and a whopping 5' 7 and 145 pounds. He's big for his age and a killer on his soccer team. I have hunted all my life and use a Winchester Model 70 in '06. I want to hear your ideas on different rifle models and calibers for a young man. We will be mainly be hunting White Tails and Mule deer. My price range is up to $700 / $800. And yes I did a search for this subject and it came up blank.

    cheers
    Kelley
    Mary Esther Florida
     
  2. morrisammo

    morrisammo New Member

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    For the money,, a
    savage 110 in the Cal,, you need for that game,, is a good a gun as you will need, with the accu-trigger.

    they are a good gun,,,
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    ruger 77/44 uses 44magnum effective to 150yds light recoil effective deer medicine.

    various 30-30 chamberings will serve well for a youngstger.
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    A nice 30/30 Winchester or Marlin, even a Henry lever gun would work, as mentioned above!

    My recommendation.
     
  5. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I'm not a hunter, myself, but 30/30 is the quintessential deer gun, right?

    Does the $800 include the optics?
     
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  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    My thought was a 308 or 270 Win. Obviously the 30-06 has stood the test of time and he is a good sized boy. So probably the 06 would not be to far out of bounds for him with the right bullet. However the 308 and 270 would be what I would think in an excellent range for him to start.

    As far as rifles there are many good one!
    Remington 700
    Savage 10 series
    Howa
    Tika
    Sako
    Mossberg
    Winchester
    TC

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  8. therewolf

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    Gunbroker.com, gunsamerica.com--I have to agree a .308 or .270

    would be an excellent choice, if you don't want to break him in on a

    30.06...
     
  9. morrisammo

    morrisammo New Member

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    for the money,,, with optic Savage 110 is the better rifle,,
    lever action is ok, but you will not get mule deer range past 200yds with it,

    with the good trigger and free float the barrel,, the S 110,,, will out shoot any lever gun.

    I think they sell them at Wal mart,, in the $400 range with a 3x9 scope,,

    that gives you Ammo $$ so he can learin to shoot it,,
     
  10. FaTmAn

    FaTmAn New Member

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    you cant go wrong with the 30-30, 30-06, and a 35 lever action
     
  11. TGReaper

    TGReaper New Member

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    You might look at a Tikka T3 in 7mm/08 or Winchester Mod.70 Fwt.in the same caliber.
    Either one and he will still be using it to hunt deer when he takes his son hunting.
    TGR
     
  12. Mossyoakman3006

    Mossyoakman3006 New Member

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    I've got a weatherby vanguard and would highly recommend it for the price, if it was me I would probably go with a 270. Nothing wrong with an old Marlin 336 30-30 I have killed more critters with it than any of my other rifles I shoot leverevolution rounds though it up too and including 300yds, so it would also be a good option
     
  13. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    if he has never shot a rifle before...start him out on any type of 22lr...then see how it goes from there & move him up....if hes shot before...@ 5'7'' 145lbs he could hold on to a 20mm w/no probs....question is...can he hit what hes aiming at? "flench" is not his friend
     
  14. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy New Member

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    Id say 270 win. I really like remington cdl or sps line and i also really like ruger. 270 is a great starter gun for anyone and i know many guys that swear by a 270 and thats all they will shoot.

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  15. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    An H&R Handi Rifle in 308. He can hunt deer, hogs, etc. for the rest of his life. The gun is small enough to handle and heavy enough to keep recoil down You can buy managed recoil loads for 308 if needed to begin with. The trigger pull is pretty good also since you have to cock the hammer. One shot / One kill.

    I enjoy hunting with my 280 Handi Rifle.
     
  16. Wambli

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    What I did for my daughter for her first rifle was buy a Remington 700 SPS Stainless in 7mm-08 and let her pick a Bell and Carlson Medalist stock in her finish of choice (she picked desert tan with black spiderweb) to bed the action into.

    The 7mm-08 is a great deer cartridge and ammo is widely available. It also has slightly less recoil than the .308. The fact that she picked her own stock and the caliber was a little out of the mainstream really made the gun special to her. No other rifle just like it at the range and she gets a lot of compliments from other shooters.

    The rifle I got on sale for $520 and the stock was another $220 or so. BTW that combination in my experiernce is usually sub MOA even with commercial ammo.

    Here is a picture of her with her first deer and her rifle.
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  17. Txhillbilly

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    My vote would be for a 7mm-08 also.

    It will take down any whitetail or mulie,and not have the recoil of the 270,308,30-30.
    You could also think about a 257 roberts,or 25/06.Both are great calibers for what you want.But if you handload,the 7mm-08 will give you a bigger selection of bullets to choose from.

    Most mfg's make a rifle in the 7mm-08 caliber,and some even have youth models,if a full size stock is too big for your son.
     
  18. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Ever think about a .243? May be a little smaller of a caliber than you are looking for, but they are great rifles.
     
  19. DrumJunkie

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    More deer have been taken with a 30-30 than anything else. And with the Lever Evolution ammo it makes it even better.
     
  20. cpttango30

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    7mm-08 or a 25-06 the greatest underestimated cartridge out there. Anything a 243 can do a 257 bob or 25-07 can do better. Anything a 6.5 or 7mm can do a 257 bob or 25-06 can do with less recoil.