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I'm looking to purchase a rifle this next year so I can take my daughter on her first youth hunt, just don't know what the best gun for her would be, need one with little kick but also one that can effectively take down a deer she is 8 years old and never shot a gun before.
 

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.223 with Winchester 64 gr. CXP2 cartridges my wife and 9 year old both have a .223 and they work great with the right cartridges.
 

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[rquote=1490470&tid=104124&author=Z-BOYS DAD].223 with Winchester 64 gr. CXP2 cartridges my wife and 9 year old both have a .223 and they work great with the right cartridges.[/rquote]X2 -- my gransons both use .223 s -- both been hunting since they were 6 years old.62 or 64 grain bullets are the key,and of course shot placement.
 

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[rquote=1490465&tid=104124&author=skull stacker]My 8 year will be using a Savage 10 youth in .243 next year. Has a scope with 5 inches of eye relief so he don't hurt him self.[/rquote]

My boy took his first deer this year with this exact set up. Matter a fact, the scope has enough eye relief that I can comfortably shoot it. Shootin 100 grain Remington Core Lokt through it. The deer he shot this year only went about 20 yards, if that.
 

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[rquote=1490483&tid=104124&author=macon county boy]the best youth gun is the one your kid can shoot and shoot well but the experts here will tell what brand is best[/rquote]

i was suggesting a load that has preformed well for me in the past few years neither of my .223's are Winchesters. macon is right to large of a gun will scare kids, then you have a problem.
 

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Does anyone have a Handy rifle in .270? Wondering what the recoil on those is like compared to say a Savage 110 in .270?
 

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my boys start out with a rossi .223, puts deer straight down (with the right bullet selection...varmint rounds are a no-no), virtualy no recoil at all.
 

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I bought my son a .243 in a Rem 700 youth. It shoots real nice and doesn't kick too hard. I think practising with the low recoiling 55 or 60 grain bullets for starters is best. This gets the shooter familiar with the gun and doesn't punish their shoulder too much. Remember, the kids are way smaller than us. So felt recoil is going to be different. I don't think this 700 youth kicks too much, but my son said it did. However, he wanted to shoot more. I guess it didn't hurt him too much. By the way, he was 7 when I bought the gun and he weighed less than 50 pounds. He's a skinny little thang.
 

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My son has taken 3 bucks with a Rem. 700. We usually use 100 grain core-lokts but changed to some 75 grain hand loads this year. The 3 combined ran probably 100 yards or less after being shot but as everyone knows shot placement is key.
 

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[rquote=1490551&tid=104124&author=mohunter32]I bought my son a .243 in a Rem 700 youth. It shoots real nice and doesn't kick too hard. I think practising with the low recoiling 55 or 60 grain bullets for starters is best. This gets the shooter familiar with the gun and doesn't punish their shoulder too much. Remember, the kids are way smaller than us. So felt recoil is going to be different. I don't think this 700 youth kicks too much, but my son said it did. However, he wanted to shoot more. I guess it didn't hurt him too much. By the way, he was 7 when I bought the gun and he weighed less than 50 pounds. He's a skinny little thang.[/rquote]i got the same gun when i was 8, and still killing deer with it!
 

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7mm-08, Youth Model 700, might also think about a long eye relief scope, it seems to help kids aquire the target in the scope easier

The 700 only has the two position saftey where a lot of safteys seem to be 3 position anymore KISS is my opinion especially when a new hunter is involved.

You'll hear a lot of smaller calibers mentioned, I personally don't like the .223 cause if the shot is pulled a little your day just got a lot longer, and if you go with a .243 I'd shoot a premium bullet been shooting 100gr noslers in my 6mm, same reason, if they pull the shoot the 100 gr nosler will break through bones and leave an exit wound which makes my day a lot shorter and less stressful. IMO there is no better way to ruin a kid for life than to see there first deer wounded running off and then not recover it.
 

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Don't know if there is a "best" gun.....:thinking:

My boys had pretty good luck with their .243 Handi Rifles.:2thumbsup:

And, you can always pick up another barrel for it later on if you want to add a heavier caliber. But, they could use a .243 for the rest of their life, if all they are gonna hunt is whitetails, or antelope...:shrug:

.243 is a good round to start em on. If they can handle a 7mm-08, then that ain't a bad way to go either....
 

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I have a .243 barrel for my encore with a tasco pro-point red dot scope that my daughter shoots. She shot off of a rest the other day and didn't have any trouble at all. She wasn't bothered much by the recoil either. She didn't want to hunt the first youth season, but now wants to hunt the second one. However she could change her mind at least a dozen times between now and then. :confused: She will be 8 in December.
 

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[rquote=1491600&tid=104124&author=fishshooter]7mm-08, Youth Model 700, might also think about a long eye relief scope, it seems to help kids aquire the target in the scope easier

The 700 only has the two position saftey where a lot of safteys seem to be 3 position anymore KISS is my opinion especially when a new hunter is involved.

You'll hear a lot of smaller calibers mentioned, I personally don't like the .223 cause if the shot is pulled a little your day just got a lot longer, and if you go with a .243 I'd shoot a premium bullet been shooting 100gr noslers in my 6mm, same reason, if they pull the shoot the 100 gr nosler will break through bones and leave an exit wound which makes my day a lot shorter and less stressful. IMO there is no better way to ruin a kid for life than to see there first deer wounded running off and then not recover it. [/rquote]
:2thumbsup: I couldn't have said it better myself:02:minnimum of .243, long eye relief scope, premium bullets, can't go wrong there no matter what rifle you choose.
 
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