Good youth deer rifle

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by SavageGuy, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. SavageGuy

    SavageGuy Active Member

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    Hey guys,
    I'm looking for a good youth deer rifle for a smaller-framed shooter. He is sensitive to recoil so .243 would be preferable. I'd like to find one for under $400. Preferably new, not used. What do you think?
     
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  3. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What type terrain is he going to be hunting?

    Short brushy shots, or long open shots?

    That may determine the type of rifle he uses.

    I took my first grandson out In short brushy, 50 yrds, give or take 25, with a lever action 44 mag rifle, low recoil. Now he uses a lever action 45-70, heavy recoil.:cool:
    My hunting territory is heavy wooded, 50-100yrd shots max.

    243 is an excellent choice though.



    Jim
     
  4. SavageGuy

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    Well, do you know of a lever-action under $400?
     
  5. SavageGuy

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    Yeah, as you could probably tell from my username, I'm a Savage fan. The axis compact would be my first pick but I was just curious to see if there were any other good options you guys know of. A nice lever-action .44 or .357 would be great, but the ones I've seen are a little bit out of his budget.
     
  6. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I see them in Pawn Shops on a regular basis , under $400.





    Jim
     
  7. SavageGuy

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    Used or new? My pawn shops sell both......
     
  8. gunslinger669

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    Got the 4 I own in a pawn shop- each under $400. 2 Marlins, a Winchester and a Rossi. All "used", but basically in like new condition. Love my pawn shop.
     
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    Got my grandson a Marlin X 7 243 and my 12 year old granddaughter shoots a Rossi 357 rifle
     
  10. spikedriver

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    I think the bolt gun is best. If he hunts open country in the future he can still use it. A Ruger American or a Savage package deal would do quite nicely. I think Remington has a package deal on one of their budget guns too.
     
  11. MagBlackhawk

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    .243 Win,
    Not too much recoil, can use it for longer shots if that's ever needed, will still be a good enough deer caliber even for a grown up.
    Fun to plink targets at longer distances like 400+ yards without beating you up.
    Yep, 243.

    Of course I'm just guessing again, never owned one personally.
    But a family member that has rheumatoid arthritis uses a .243 for deer, works for him.
    Ruger has the American rifle in your price range don't they?

    I've considered trading in my 25-06 for a 243 but I'm afraid it might be a little lite for wild hogs. Plus I've got all this 25-06 stuff laying around.
     
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