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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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  • steve182
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    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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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    yea i think so i think he should use a .22250

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  • texasfirst
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    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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  • silsbyj
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    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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  • kolbster
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    30-30, 223 or 243 all kick about the same 223 is the lightest kicker of the bunch though, and will bring down a deer just fine.

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  • ishawooa
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    Although the .30-30 is not a bad choice I tend to start kids with either a .243 or .270 bolt action. I have owned .30-30's that were more obnoxcious to shoot than a .270 of reasonable weight with a light bullet and a good recoil pad. I don't ever remember a kid complaining. I own a .243 that has killed over 40 deer and antelopes. Most of them by kids or beginning adult hunters. Invariably it was their first kill but not their last.

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  • Del in KS
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    Most 30-30's are lever actions with exposed hammers. The only safety is the half-c0ck notch and you can't see what's in the tube magazine. No companies make lever-action youth guns that I can recall. Because of safety they are not the best gun for a beginner. There are several youth model bolt actions that can be loaded like a single shot and have excellent safeties. A 243 or 7mm08 is about as good as it gets cartridgewise accurate, light recoil, plenty power for deer sized game.

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  • rrmont
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    I would go with a .243, but it also depends of what type of terrian you hunt in. If it's brush and up close then go with the 30-30, if it's alittle more open then the .243.

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  • pumakitchen
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    I have a .243 and I love it, it is great for deer, pronghorn, and even elk. However if I was buying for my son I would buy a .270 it is a great gun for many species, its big enough to take down an elk, but small enough its not going to blow a hole in smaller game. It has a great range of bullet grain sizes and they are popular enough you could probably find one for a good price. Take the money you save and buy him a really good scope, it will make all the difference.

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  • Cantrell44
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    30-30 would be a great gun to start with

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  • Bigbuck14
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    NO im 14 years old it also depends on his age if he is under 13 start him of with a .243 or .308 those would be the to guns I would use but i also use a 20 which is a great gun some people think its a short range gun but it really isn't it can reach out about 200 yards

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  • T
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    My first deer rifle was a .243 and it worked out great for me. It just depends on what your son is built like and what he feels comfortable shooting.

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  • deerslayer2
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    A 30-30 would be a great gun. But if he is big enough I would get him a 30-06.I said IF he was big enough.

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  • rabbitpolice88
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    A 30-30 is a great gun for a first time hunter to start with. I started off with a 30-30 and loved it.

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  • bomberpride
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    30-30 would b really good

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