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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son

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hunt66
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
No experience with this but this has been discused before - my suggestion is the 7mm - 08. check out the browning micro hunter x bolt. Got one for my son when he was about 10 and he is 6'1", 16 years old now and still shoots it. Hell - I even take it from time to time. Never missed or not killed a deer.

Good luck!


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CoastieGM
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Dunno about .223 for use by a kid. Depends upon:
1. the average size of deer you expect,
2. the distance you expect the shots to be, and
3. how accurate the kiddo is

I've always used .223 on deer, but my shots are short to medium range. I do head shots at 40 yards and under. Over 40 yds, shoulder shot (not behind the shoulder, but actually through the shoulder). Never shooting more than 175 yds (and only on a smaller deer at that range)

You're the Dad and you know your son and the situation better than anyone. The .223 will cut the mustard depending upon the circumstances.

Though I like and use .223, a .243 will offer a greater margin for error.


Me4Heisman
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Get him a Rem 700 in .270 and he will use it for life.


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T Ba Doe Tiger
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
7mm-.08 and don't think twice.


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pdubya76
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Agreed that it can be a deadly caliber in the right hands.However I would never allow a kid to try a shot at 175 yds with a 223.You are talking abt 300 lbs of energy at that distance.Im just sayin.....


TigerOnThe Hill
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
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223 is not a good deer caliber and little if any margin for error.You can get a good deer rifle and use managed recoil ammo to virtually eliminate the kick if he is sensitive to that.The 308 and 7mm/08 would be great choices.

This......

I fall into the "I don't recommend 22 Centerfires for deer hunting" category. Yah, they will kill them, but there are just too many limitations. Go ahead and get him a legitimate deer hunting round that he can use w/ confidence the rest of his life. I was faced w/ the same decision some years ago when my son started hunting. Bought him a Savage bolt action w/ cheap Simmons scope in 308 Win. I almost got a 7-08, but already had handloading supplies for the 308. Started him off w/ reduced recoil handloads. He's been using full power loads a number of years. He's killed 13 deer w/ the gun, all w/ one shot. The keys are: a gun that fits him (may need to cut off the buttstock some), a GOOD recoil pad, plenty of eye relief on the scope, managed/reduced recoil loads, and, when at the bench, good hearing protection and possibly a sandbag between butt pad and shoulder. As he gets older, you can buy a new stock w/ longer length of pull, if needed.


CoastieGM
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He's killed 13 deer w/ the gun, all w/ one shot.


How did he get them to line up like that?


Nascar Fan
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
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How did he get them to line up like that?

Beat me to it


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Nascar Fan
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Very well said except(see above)


CoastieGM
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Now in all seriousness, how about lining up several PVC pipe-style feeders in a row to get hogs to line up for a multi-kill shot with a high powered rifle.

Might be something an OB member could try and report back on.


TigerOnThe Hill
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
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He's killed 13 deer w/ the gun, all w/ one shot.
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How did he get them to line up like that?


LOL! Yup, that would be QUITE an achievement, wouldn't it. :-)


MapGuy
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
i'm guessing it was a full metal jacket to get that sort of multiple penetration?


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Carson123987
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
1) I'm not a fan of Mossberg, but I'm a brand whore so take it with a grain of salt

2) .223 would be a bit small IMO


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BUCKMSTR7399
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
Today I bought my daughter(10) a Marlin xs7y 243 scope mounted for $409 out the door. I just got through shooting it to zero, and I must say I was very impressed. 7 shots to zero, and a quarter size 3 shot group at 100. A good buy for an entry level first deer rifle.
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MapGuy
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Marlin xs7y

my 8 year old son has the same model in 7mm-08

great rifle for a great price.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
.243 is the bare minimum whitetail caliber IMO, and a 7mm-08 is the bees knees for kids calibers


choupiquesushi
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
mine shot a 7mm08 until this year.. he took my 280... I am now using his 7mm08....

but if I get a shot chance w me pistol.. I take it....


7mm08 is an outstanding deer round and awfully easy to shoot.... and knock on wood we have yet to lose a deer shot with it....

I shot a deer in 88 with a .223... will not do it again unless i am starving...


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bapple
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re: Looking for a deer rifle for my son
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I doubt you can find anything other than varmit bullets in 223.


Although I agree that .223 is too small for deer, this isn't true. A lot of hog hunters like to use Barnes TTSX and it's a controlled-expansion round.

Still, I'm of the opinion that .243 is the minimum. I killed my first deer with my dad's .260 Rem and it is a low-recoiler with enough power. If you handload I would suggest this round.

If not, 7mm-08 and .308 are good choices.


jack6294
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