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What is the good rifle for a 12 year old boy that deer hunts?

Question by jacmohr. Uploaded on March 15, 2009

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Marlin lever action 30-30. Would be good for him. Or Remington 700.

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from KMB33 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Depending on where you live. I would say maybe look into CVA muzzleloaders. It would help with patience for the right shot, and realizing that everything doesnt have to be big and modern, but something like a muzzleloader can do the same job as a high power rifle if you are patient.

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from 16gapheasantphiend wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

caliber wise, .243, 7mm-08 are good acurate, low recoil, if you want to go all out on the expensive end 6.5x55 swede is good too. action wise for a younger shooter simple is good levers or pumps, like the Remington 7600, my 13yr old daughter does pretty good with a rem 7600 in .243

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i got my firs deer gun when i was 12 it was a browning a bolt gold medallion

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from shane wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Remington Model Seven, 7mm-08.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

My kid started big game at 12 with a Sako 7 mm-08 and a Leupold Vari-X III 2x-8x. He still uses it today for much of his hunting.

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I ruger m77 25-06.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

handirifle

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i was 11 when i got my 30-06, so i would go with a good 06 that he can use for a long time.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Marlin 1894 in 44 mag or 35 Rem.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

There alot of good rifles that you could start out with. You need to think about what you are going to be hunting with it. The 30-06 is the most widely used cartridge, it will take down any animal in North America.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

jacmohr, I’m not going to lie or blow smoke so this is the best thing to do. If deer is the largest he plans to shoot, the 25-06 is by far the best choice period. It has the knockdown power even for Elk, it doesn’t kick and it has the long range needed for out west. Magnum performance without the kick including in the wallet too!

Alex age 9 shot a buck at 250 yards and moments later a doe at 150 yards last season, see if a kid yet alone a adult with a 30-30 can do that!

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

A marlin 30-30 or a Remington in .243.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Model 7 in .260 Remington. Light maneuverable bolt gun, but low recoiling round that'll reach out there. Good in the woods or across fields.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Good recommendation MLH. I would add the Browning Micro Hunter in 7mm-08. Pity they don't chamber it in .260 anymore. The Micro Hunter is scaled to fit smaller hunters and the weight and balance are near perfect.

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from cjmurdoch wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

If you have access to a 25-35, it's a great first gun. I, myself wouldn't start a 12 year old out on a 30.06. My step-dad did that to me and I developed a flinch that took forever to get rid of. I was a skinny kid with no muscles at all and it was good humor for him and his drinking buddies to watch me getting knocked on my a$$. I'm no longer a skinny kid with no muscles and I can handle most guns without a flinch. Start 'em out slow.

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from Mark w wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

.243 is one of the best all round starter guns for deer. Almost any size person can handle it. I still have the first one I got when I was 9. Its a nice Remington 700 cut down with an 18 inch barrel and a shortened stock. All on my kids and my friend's kids have used it as their first gun to hunt deer with and I can't tell you how many deer it has killed. This will be its 46th deer season as I already have a youngster that wants to borrow it for the coming season.

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from deerslayer2 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

06 or 30-30. Both great guns. I prefer the 06 from mossberg;model:100 atr.Kicks like a 243.

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

One that fits him and that he can safely operate.

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from smith2nd wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

This is a good one.I just went thru this myself with my 12 year old douther.I got her a howa youth 2+1 7mm 08.The best thing about this rifle as they grow it comes with two stocks one youth and other adults plus scope she will be able to use it for the rest of her life,Great shooting weapon and she injoys it and looking to kill her first deer.Good luck and i hope this helped.Look around for a good price.I found them from 700 to 519.I got mine here in north carolina at eds guns for 519.It comes in 7mm 08,243,308 best luck

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Agreed with MLH answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from shane wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Remington Model Seven, 7mm-08.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

jacmohr, I’m not going to lie or blow smoke so this is the best thing to do. If deer is the largest he plans to shoot, the 25-06 is by far the best choice period. It has the knockdown power even for Elk, it doesn’t kick and it has the long range needed for out west. Magnum performance without the kick including in the wallet too!

Alex age 9 shot a buck at 250 yards and moments later a doe at 150 yards last season, see if a kid yet alone a adult with a 30-30 can do that!

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from MLH wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Model 7 in .260 Remington. Light maneuverable bolt gun, but low recoiling round that'll reach out there. Good in the woods or across fields.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Good recommendation MLH. I would add the Browning Micro Hunter in 7mm-08. Pity they don't chamber it in .260 anymore. The Micro Hunter is scaled to fit smaller hunters and the weight and balance are near perfect.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Marlin lever action 30-30. Would be good for him. Or Remington 700.

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from KMB33 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Depending on where you live. I would say maybe look into CVA muzzleloaders. It would help with patience for the right shot, and realizing that everything doesnt have to be big and modern, but something like a muzzleloader can do the same job as a high power rifle if you are patient.

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from 16gapheasantphiend wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

caliber wise, .243, 7mm-08 are good acurate, low recoil, if you want to go all out on the expensive end 6.5x55 swede is good too. action wise for a younger shooter simple is good levers or pumps, like the Remington 7600, my 13yr old daughter does pretty good with a rem 7600 in .243

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i got my firs deer gun when i was 12 it was a browning a bolt gold medallion

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

My kid started big game at 12 with a Sako 7 mm-08 and a Leupold Vari-X III 2x-8x. He still uses it today for much of his hunting.

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I ruger m77 25-06.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

handirifle

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Marlin 1894 in 44 mag or 35 Rem.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

A marlin 30-30 or a Remington in .243.

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from Mark w wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

.243 is one of the best all round starter guns for deer. Almost any size person can handle it. I still have the first one I got when I was 9. Its a nice Remington 700 cut down with an 18 inch barrel and a shortened stock. All on my kids and my friend's kids have used it as their first gun to hunt deer with and I can't tell you how many deer it has killed. This will be its 46th deer season as I already have a youngster that wants to borrow it for the coming season.

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

One that fits him and that he can safely operate.

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from smith2nd wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

This is a good one.I just went thru this myself with my 12 year old douther.I got her a howa youth 2+1 7mm 08.The best thing about this rifle as they grow it comes with two stocks one youth and other adults plus scope she will be able to use it for the rest of her life,Great shooting weapon and she injoys it and looking to kill her first deer.Good luck and i hope this helped.Look around for a good price.I found them from 700 to 519.I got mine here in north carolina at eds guns for 519.It comes in 7mm 08,243,308 best luck

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Agreed with MLH answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i was 11 when i got my 30-06, so i would go with a good 06 that he can use for a long time.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

There alot of good rifles that you could start out with. You need to think about what you are going to be hunting with it. The 30-06 is the most widely used cartridge, it will take down any animal in North America.

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from cjmurdoch wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

If you have access to a 25-35, it's a great first gun. I, myself wouldn't start a 12 year old out on a 30.06. My step-dad did that to me and I developed a flinch that took forever to get rid of. I was a skinny kid with no muscles at all and it was good humor for him and his drinking buddies to watch me getting knocked on my a$$. I'm no longer a skinny kid with no muscles and I can handle most guns without a flinch. Start 'em out slow.

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from deerslayer2 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

06 or 30-30. Both great guns. I prefer the 06 from mossberg;model:100 atr.Kicks like a 243.

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