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Question by Koby Wade. Uploaded on November 14, 2011
If anybody does, please let me know if it will work for a 55 year old man, I'm getting too lazy to go,,,
You beat me to the punch... LOL!
First step, have you taken a gun safty course yet? Second step, can you demonstrate proficiency with a firearm?
In all honesty, I shot a 12 gauge single shot at 9. I trained the whole summer and it hurt...but I got a deer with my grandpa.
Now a days, I would suggest the 20 gauge due to the advancment in ammo and guns.
As far as a rifle, a 30-30 is a decent starting point, once again with training...
Deer hunting is not a fly by night decision, this is something your practice and look forward to trying... not done the night before.
RES1956, look into a youth model weapon, lighter and less kick for your 55 years of wisdom.
of course, Santa makes a point, you have to start at the safe end of the gun first.
Are you interested in a rifle or shotgun? My son drug a Ruger 243 around from 9 until 12 killing deer and other critters, now his 9 year old daughter is doing the same. Clay Cooper's grandson is loving the 25-06 at age 9 0r 10 I believe.
When I was a pup I used a hand me down 257 Roberts on deer and elk.
243, 30-30. 7mm-08 youth model, 20ga. i would go to good gun store and they will help you fit a gun to your size. i personally have a 20ga remington 870 express with bird and slug barrel one of the best deals for a new hunter. I also own a 7mm-08 rem and its a good mid distance shooting rifle. None of the guns have a kick that is unbearable
.243 would work best. Its accurate and enough gun with milder recoil.
Sorry, but nine is just way too young to be hunting in my humble opinion. Montana requires minimum age 12 and no one under age 16 can hunt without a licensed adult accompanying them. Ontario is even more strict.
POPPY COCK, OHH!!!!
I was hunting with my dad and his dad when I was 6!
I didn't always get to carry a gun.
My dad would help me with the gun if needed!
The sooner you can get them killing game, the more they will enjoy it!!
Rabbits, squirrels, whatever.
"Take your son hunting. You won't have to hunt your son!" WMG
Not angry OHH, just think making kids wait until a specific age is turning more kids off the "hunting" game!
Recently had a 5yo shooting a pellet rifle off the front porch. I kept telling him to get his eye off the scope. He didn't listen. He got bit by a Ruger Air Hawk!! LMAO!!!
To his credit, I recocked it and he grabbed it and shot it again, tears still tracking down his cheeks! ...head MUCH further from the scope!
Went home and told his dad he go hit in the head by a "bullet"!! ROTF...LMAO!!!!
Dad's a druggie! Kid absolutely "LOVED" handling the guns!
i began hunting at age 6 with a 30-30. worked good for me.
I was gently eased into firearms due to my extremly small and scrawny stature. I weighed 60 pounds at 13 (not joking at all) and a 20 gauge was my boomstick of choice. I could've easily handled my dads 30-30 but my brother had it. Durn.
I'd recommend a .243 or 25-06. If you don't reload then .243 will be cheaper.
Look at a Marlin 1894 lever in 44 Magnum its a 5.5Lb
with a 16.5 or 18.5 Barrel and all most no recoil,
I hunted with a old 25-35 Winchester Mod 92, it was a Deer getter.
My grandson is 11 and has killed 2 bucks and 4 does with a firearm. 5 with a .243 and 1 with a .308 with reduced loads. He has also killed 2 deer with a bow. He killed his first deer with a gun at age 7 and his first deer with a bow at age 9. Kids are different you can't put an age limit on when they should hunt. When I was working and checking license I checked 50 year old kids that should not have have been hunting.
I think machinegunner missed my attempt at humor, but I have to admit that my weapon of choice for whitetails is a classic compact m/70 in 7/08.
I'll have to side with FirstBubba on the age issue. My oldest son slew his first whitetail @ age 9 with a M/7 Remington in 7/08, and my youngest son's first deer fell to him @ age 8 with a Browning Micro Hunter in .260 Rem.
I feel either caliber is sufficient to deal with whitetails and manageable for a young 'uns first rifle and should warrant serious consideration.
Be cautious of short barrels on youth guns as they tend to have considerable muzzle blast which could lead to flinching.
My grandson hunts with his daddies super black eagle in 12 ga. He turned 9 in feb and had 2 nice turkey under his tags already. He dad just got him a 220f savage for deer season. He can hit a 2 liter pop bottle at 80 yards,he'll test his skills this coming weekend. 20 ga will kick as much as a 300 win mag
I'd suggest a .243 or a 25-06... both very low recoil and highly effective on deer. If you hand load, use 90g Barnes bullets moving a little slow (about 3250 fps) for low recoil.
Many consider them too small for deer but I have had nieces and nephews use a .223 as well if they are really small. In that caliber, a 55g Combined Technology or Barnes bullet will kill a deer effectively out to 200 yards with virtually no recoil. One of my very small nieces shoots houseflies between the shoulder blades at 100 yards all day long with one. Another decked a buck at 150 yards with three feet of pass through bullet penetration.
I believe so! I fully support your firearms choices for youth hunters. The Browning Micro Hunter is a darned fine youth/ladies/small or stature gun. The .260 is about perfect as a deer round and the 7-08 ain't far behind. A good hand loader can make up rounds for the neophyte that minimize recoil and muzzle blast. I did so for my son. I lament the loss of the Browning Micro Hunter in its original format. I don't like the new X-Bolt iteration; however, it would make a good starter gun for the afore mentioned.
I started hunting at my Dad's side at the ripe old age of 4. I killed my first squirrel at age five and took my first cotton tail the same year. I killed my first deer at age 7 and got my first deer gun, a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington at age 8. Been going strong ever since. My parents never had to look for me when I was growing up.
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