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Whats a good deer rifle for my son? Hes a beginner. Would a .30-.30 be to much?

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  • #16
    I used a .243 my first year and moved on to a 30-30 from there. Either of those would be a great biginner gun.

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    • #17
      Man, I can't help but get nervous about exposed hammer weapons and kids, and that goes the same with auto-loaders, etc. Get your boy a bolt-action rifle in whatever caliber you think suits him. I mean, safety is in the hands of the shooter, but man, those hammers are tricky...

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      • #18
        yea i think so i think he should use a .22250

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        • #19
          Not a fan of the .223cal rifles for deer, in the hands of a beginner especially. In the hands of a sharpshooter they're very affective, but begginers? If you are looking for a lever the 30/30 is fine. If i was looking for a beginner deer rifle for my son(i am), the .243 and 7mm/08 are great light kicking versataile guns

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          • #20
            Depending on how old he is I would go with a .270 or if he is older a .300 win mag. or .300 wsm.

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            • #21
              I am 12 but i shot my first deer when i was 11 and i had a 30-30 then and when that deer walked out into the field and i shot it i didnt even notice the kick.i thought it was a good gun and it was a lever astion so i had more safteys.now i have my own gun and it is a 243 and it has killed every deer i have shot at and i think it would be a good choce also.

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              • #22
                I use a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag and I killed my first 2 deer with it. Both deer dropped within 60 yards of where they were shot. I think a 30-30 or a Marlin 336 in 35 Remington would make great deer rifles.

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                • #23
                  If you already have a 30-30 its perfect. If you are buying him a rifle, buy something a little more versataile. With a 30-30 his range is limited. That is fine for a beginner, but he won't be a beginner forever.

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                  • #24
                    i think 30-30 is perfect

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                    • #25
                      Try a .243 they have range but they don't have a big kick.

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                      • #26
                        I have a model 710 30-06 which i got cheap and it don't kick much but i don't think a 30-30 would be to much. But a 30-06 is a good all around gun that will take anything you put your sites on and so would a 30-30 but its range is limited. Another gun you can't go wrong with is the 280 or the 270. A 243 is good for deer. But really it doesn't matter what kind of gun as long as you have good shot placement.

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                        • #27
                          I own a marlin 336 in 30-30, it is an amazing gun. With 125 grain bullets you can kill varmints, a 150 grain bullet will flatten a deer, and a 170 grain bullet will kill up to black bear.

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                          • #28
                            243 becase it has little recoil, its just enough to kill a deer, but it isnt a good rifle for longrange, not a good blood trail but they usually go down in sight( within 20 yards). I got five deer all bucks with a 243 when 12 loved but went to a biger cal for larger game

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                            • #29
                              oh and it is very acurate at 50 yards try and hit them in the shoulder or right behind it doesnt go throught it very often

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                              • #30
                                Agreed with Edward J. Palumbo answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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