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whats the right gun size for a four teen year old .243,.270,30/06 for mule deer

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  • Cameron Thomas
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    Anything from a .270 to .30-06 should he fine. Hell get a 338 winmag if you really want one.(But that's a little overkill)
    I'm a small 14 year old and the largest gun I can shoot without pain is a 338 lapua magnum so any of the large deer calibers should be fine for a 14 year old.


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  • Cameron Thomas
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    Originally posted by kjflorian View Post
    I would also suggest a .243, it's a good caliber for young kids starting out. It doesn't have a big recoil, so hopefully it would eliminate some flinching on your part.
    I am a mid sized 14 year old and I hunt bull moose with a 338 winmag. So a 14 year old should be fine with a 30-06 or even 300 winmag if he wants one.

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  • GunNut
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    I say you can shoot any of them. Unless your a very big wimp you should have no trouble managing recoil. The first question everyone asks me is how bad does it recoil. Suck it up like a man, and shoot I can guarantee it won't be as bad as you thought.

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  • rudyglove27
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    30-06!!!

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Of the choices offered in the original question, I would go with the .30-06 with conditions. #1 there are "managed recoil"/low recoil 125 gr loads available for starter loads for young 'uns. Or #2, handload some 130 grain Hornady's or similar at starting loads until the 14 year old grows into full power loads.

    Otherwise, my answer is none of the above: get a .25-06, .257 Roberts, or 7mm-08.

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  • infantry08
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    I have to agree with Clay on this one....25-06 Rem all the way. Mild recoil, flat trajectory and it's pretty easy to find quality ammo. It's also available in economically priced rifles.

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  • timothyfaw
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    30/6 is a powerful gun he should do fine.

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  • Richie
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    270 should be fine

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  • adaboshi
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    .270

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  • jgn16
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    I am a small for my age and i am 15 and .270 is the way to go.

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  • Christian Emter
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    30/06 because you can also use it for hunting elk.

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  • rrmont
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    I would go with the 270. It is plenty big enough to take down any deer sized animal without punishing him.

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  • prairieghost
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    a .243 will easily handle mule deer. mine has taken at least fifteen mule deer in the past eight years (all one shot, never has one gone more than twenty yards).

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  • idduckhntr
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    #1 there is no 257wssm and #2 a 308 has as much energy as a 3006 with the same recoil as a 7-08 hands down I would take the 308 ammo is easier to find. when you start to question a rifle round look at ballistics.

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  • tourneyking734
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    the 270 is definitely the best gun to go with. it has enough knockdown power to take down a maine moose with a half decent shot yet it has a light enough recoil for most teenagers

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