Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Whats a Good Youth hunting gun?

im 13 and im looking for a good rifle/shotgun. Im a little experienced ive only been hunting a few times because my mom hates it ,but my father doesn't im done hunter saftey aswell. i want something thats not TOO expensive like a 350$$ budget MAX. Recoil isnt that much of a problem unless its really that bad. PLEASE ANSWER!Whats a Good Youth hunting gun?
With a 20 or 12 gauge shotgun you can hunt a lot of birds and small game like rabbit and squirrels,and if you get a rifled slug barrel with the gun you could hunt deer within 100 yards. Thrre are some states that mandate shotgun for deer,or for youth hunters,so be aware of that.

If you are hunting deer,bear,or possibly elk or moose then you need to look at rifles. Some of the best cartridges to use for game are 25-06,270.30-06 in long action, and 7mm-08 or 308 in short action-in mainstream calibers. I reload for my 12 year old's 243,same case as the 7mm-08 and 308,using a 95 grain premium bullet. After researching and comparing things, the 7mm-08 is a better caliber to go with. You get much better penetration and 500 foot / pounds more force with the same recoil. Since I have the rifle already and limit it's use on game to 150 yards and near perfect opportunities we'll use it for another year maybe-till he can handle the 30-06 better. My son can put 3 boxes of ammo into a 4 inch circle at 100 yards too,so I trust him to make a good shot,and I'm right there with him. Anyway, ';Use Enough Gun'; as Robert Ruark was fond of saying, and the 243,while capable, isn't always the best choice for a new hunter.

There are links to Cartridge/Game and how much energy each type cartridge produces below.

If you were hunting for coyotes or shooting prairie dogs and rock chucks you might look at 223,22-250 or the 243, for deer the mid-range 25 caliber to 30 caliber,and you can hunt elk or moose with cartridges like the 270,7mm-08,30-06,308. There are also some cartridges like the 257 Roberts,7mm Mauser or the 6.5 x 55 Swede that are great to use,but you have to look for the rifles and ammo for them.

EDIT: as for specific rifles,WalMarts (of all places) has a Savage/Simmons scope package for about $380. the scope isn't a top quality one,but will get the job doen till you can upgrade-and it is hard to find a bare rifle for the same price. I'm not a personal fan of the Savage,but I can't fault them for the value and ability of their products,and again, anything from .25 caliber up to .30 caliber is what you should look at getting. Even if you wanted to shoot coyotes there are light bullets in most cartridges designed for that use.Whats a Good Youth hunting gun?
if there is a ***** sporting goods store near your location they carry 10/22 rugers that shoot very small rounds and are very inexpensive. it is a .22 round and the game you can go after is rabbit, squirrel ya know the small game but also you can get a shotgun of the same value which is called a 410 gauge which is also used for small game.both guns are perfect for youth and are quiet.
When I was around that age I used a youth 410. Not a bad model and quite effective. I was already using a .30-06 as my rifle which may be too much for you at this point. And it also matters what type of game you are hunting for what you'll need. Big Game=Bigger Bore and vice versa.
I would look into either a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870. You may need the youth model, or you may be big enough to handle the regular one. Your choice of 12 or 20 gauge, I can't make that decision for you.

You can hunt everything from squirrels to bears by switching ammo.
get a good 20 guage pump... mossberg remington etc. if the kick doesnt bother you... at 13 id be suprised, go for 12guage, but you get most the lead of a 12 ga with the 20ga but with about 40-50% of the kick. also you cant really beat the $100 h%26amp;r singleshots at walmart...
22 long rifle good for squirrel and rabbit

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