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300Blackout For Deer Hunting

Posted on 1/11/24 at 11:19 am
Posted by LSUDUCKMAN67
DTB
Member since Sep 2020
850 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 11:19 am
What's yall thoughts on this for deer hunting? The gun would be for my 7year old son.
Posted by Barneyrb
NELA
Member since May 2016
5068 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 11:22 am to
About like a 30-30, 6.5 Grendel may be a better option
Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt
Here
Member since Jan 2011
66763 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 11:56 am to
I think ammo selection is ultra critical for it.

Personally, I think .223 with the right ammo is a better option if zero recoil or an AR is the reasoning. The much higher velocity should give more consistent terminal performance and the ammo options are better.

Read the thread ".223 for bear, elk and moose" on rokslide.com
Posted by Soul Gleaux
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2012
4026 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 11:58 am to
My nephew around that age has killed quite a few with his handi-rifle

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I think ammo selection is ultra critical for it.

He exclusively uses 110 Barnes, none went far if not dropped in their tracks. Plus it’s a little arse rifle, so even more of a bonus.
This post was edited on 1/11/24 at 12:01 pm
Posted by ImaObserver
Member since Aug 2019
2272 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:02 pm to
Don't burden the kid with a off-brand caliber just because you think it is cool.
Stick with something widely available that he can readily purchase in various loadings and utilize throughout his life.
Posted by mtcheral
BR
Member since Oct 2008
1934 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:12 pm to
Got my son a .300 blackout in AR a few years ago when I couldn’t find any youth guns in the typical calibers. It’s been great. Little recoil, easy to adjust to his size, kills deer dead. Winchester has a bullet for deer hunting we use.
Posted by Theduckhunter
South Louisiana
Member since May 2022
698 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:29 pm to
I like the 6.5 Grendel better than 300 blackout, but it is also going to be dependent on proper bullet selection.

I haven’t been able to do much testing yet but I’m happy with the performance of the nosler ABLR on the one deer I’ve killed with it.
Posted by Huntinguy
Member since Mar 2011
1750 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:39 pm to
I too prefer the Grendel for youths. Mine has killed several deer.
Posted by tke_swamprat
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
9736 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:40 pm to
Do it. That way when he out grows it, you can throw a thermal and suppressor on it.

I have one for my son. He is 8, but he has been shooting it for a few years.
Posted by LSUDUCKMAN67
DTB
Member since Sep 2020
850 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:53 pm to
Thats Kinda my plan. I have 3 boys so the gun will get used and I want something they can grow into. I am a HUGE .308 guy but I want something we can play with also. Plus never a bad idea to have a couple Ar lowers ready to roll.
Posted by JustKillinTime
Member since Apr 2022
63 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 12:57 pm to
My 6 y/o has killed 2 this year with 300Blk. Agree that bullet selection is important, he shoots Barnes TTSX. Shot placement probably more important though.
Posted by LEASTBAY
Member since Aug 2007
14234 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:02 pm to
Killed 2 last year with 110gr Barnes. Dead within 20 yds, no blood trail.
Posted by Loup
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
11112 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:23 pm to
Don't they sell reduced recoil 308 rds? I'd go with that if so, it'd be a gun he could use for life with readily available ammunition.
Posted by reds on reds on reds
Birmingham
Member since Sep 2013
4200 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:28 pm to
I've killed a couple dozen deer over the last several years with subsonic 300blk.
Posted by ElDawgHawg
L.A. (lower Arkansas)
Member since Nov 2012
2970 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:34 pm to
my dad hunts with a 300 blackout... does fine. My daughter killed her first deer with his gun. She has switched over to a 30/30 now.
Posted by LSUDUCKMAN67
DTB
Member since Sep 2020
850 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:36 pm to
im sure i could reload some.
Posted by LEASTBAY
Member since Aug 2007
14234 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:46 pm to
Hornady and HSM both have reduced recoil loads for 308.
Posted by Bigsampson
Fort Worth
Member since Apr 2017
377 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:49 pm to
Works fine.
As someone pointed out, similar ballistics to a 30-30.
I have one set up in a contender w an 8 inch barrel. Another in an AR platform.
My kids used the AR quite a bit when they were younger and I used the pistol several times too.
All told, prob 13 or 14 deer w it.
All shots within 100 yards. All kills. All dead in the spot or short run.
Bullet choice is important, but with the popularity of the cartridge, I think a good choice for kids.
Posted by Da Hammer
Folsom
Member since May 2008
5750 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 1:54 pm to
I use supersonic .300 BLK made by double tap ammo. The round 125 yards and in is WAY more effective than I ever imagined. My boys have killed easily 12-15 deer over the years. They have outgrown it and are shooting my rifle and a .308 I got for them.

I would have no issue shooting deer with it. It worked fantastic for my kids.
Posted by EFHogman
Member since May 2016
535 posts
Posted on 1/11/24 at 2:13 pm to
I've had good results on pigs w/ the fiocchi 125gr sst in 300bo - usually isn't too expensive for these rds. Makes a large hole in them. I've used Barnes w/ great results as well.
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