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Question by rex. Uploaded on June 29, 2010
22lr or .410 or if your hunting 20 gauge .223 , 243 ,30-30. when i was 12 i shot a 45-70 a buffalo rifle and it only kicked a little i didnt even bruse.
soon im getting a 30-06 or a 30-30 barrel for my harrington and richardson
At your age stick with a .22Lr-.22Mag shoot lots of paper, or small game and in time work up to a larger
gun,and cal. this will help prevent flinching.
Good Luck C~FL
Sorry, I had to do get the phone.
the beat gun my pick: Ruger-M 10/22 it will last you a life time. C~FL
Ruger 10-22 .22LR is a great rifle and ideal for a 12 year old to learn with and to enjoy.
.22LR or a 4-10 would be good starter guns.
It all depends on what you're doing and the 12 year old. At age 12, I was shooting full house 12gauge and 30-06 loads, depends on there ability. Alex my Grandson is a Super Light Weight but loves my 25-06 even at age 8. 25-06 Remington Model 700 CDL with a Ramline Youth Stock.
like clay said, it depends on what you want to do? shoot targets? hunt deer? ducks and upland? we need specifics, how tall are you how much do you weigh, whats the heaviest object (in pounds) that you can lift?
the list goes on.
Remember recoil and weapon weight...those two items must be low so as to not discourage the 12yr old. My thoughts...
*Remington ADL Youth .243 at 6 and a half pds, is a scaled down Model 700
*Dakota Arms Youth Hunter .243 or .250 Savage, is a scaled down Model 97
Let us know what you've decided.
Youth Remington 870
I am past little guns like .22 and .410 I am looking for deer and elk guns
the .257s, the 6.5 (.264s) and the 7mms/.30 calibers are the norm for that kind of shooting. If you are able to take more advanced recoil, a .338 like the federal or winchester might be a good idea.
for hunting or learning to shoot ?
for just shooting 22lr , 22-250 , 223
hunting deer or varmit i would start at a 243 or a 25-06 and managed recoil amo
rex...NOW you tell us.
20 ga 870 youth for a shotgun, for a rifle a 243 or 30-30 should work just fine.
"I am past little guns like .22 and .410 I am looking for deer and elk guns"
Start at the .260 Rem, 6.5x55, 7mm-08 Rem, 7x57, .300 Savage, .308 Marlin Express level. These would be the lightest I would recommend for elk, but are comfortable to shoot. You will want to limit your range to less than 200 yards with those calibers on elk (My opinion). For deer these calibers will kill any deer under 95% of all conditions (Less than 300 yards).
If you didn't want to limit your range on elk to less than 200 yards, the next power level would be .308 Win, .270 Win, .280 Rem but the recoil increases at this level with elk loads.
The next level up would be .30-06 and above. I would recommend waiting until I had quite a few high power rounds under my belt before I stepped up to the '06 and beyond.
You have a lot of years ahead of you. It is most important that you develop good shooting form and the first six cartridges I mentioned will greatly help in this goal. Good luck and good shooting!
A 20 gauge slug gun or a .243 are both good choices.
My 12yr old killed two deer with a 30-30. I was afraid of the recoil but it didnt seem to bother him.Started with pellet gun worked up to a 22 and now an SKS 7.62x39. Its got a big bang an not much recoil.
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