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Old 12-22-2019, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Rifle / Caliber for 13 year old?

Well my son turns 13 in Feb and my Dad wants to buy him a nice rifle. He has always shot a Savage Youth .243 and he is out growing it plus I have a 11 year old and a 9 year old that use it. This will be ďhisĒ rifle and wonít have to share with little brothers. It will be used to harvest WT, hogs, and the occasional Exotic (Axis, BB, Rams). So what says the greens screen? Heís a pretty stout kid 5í3Ē 118lbs.

25-06, 308, 7mm?

Lastly my Dad is pretty much made his mind up that heís buying him a Browning so any certain model that anyone has good experiences with?

Thanks in advance and Merry CHRISTmas too all!


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Old 12-22-2019, 04:21 PM   #2
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Either Ruger American or Weatherby Vanguard 7mm08. At least thatís what I plan on buying my will be 9 year old this time next year


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Old 12-22-2019, 04:22 PM   #3
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7mm-08 is a good fit as well. My son has been shooting one since 9 and it is a good choice. Started him off for first 6 mos. with reduced recoil and then moved up to fully leaded.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:25 PM   #4
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If itís going to be a Browning, get the xbolt in 7mm-08. It will last him a lifetime.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:27 PM   #5
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Got my 10 year old a youth model Ruger American in a 243 with Vortex 3x9 and its a tack driver. Great shooting gun.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:28 PM   #6
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Do not overlook the .260 Remington. Does everything the rest of them do with less felt recoil and muzzle blast. It’s just about perfect for a deer rifle. My boy was shooting his at 10 years old, a Model 7 Remington.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:30 PM   #7
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If itís going to be a Browning, get the xbolt in 7mm-08. It will last him a lifetime.
Great rifle and great caliber. I got a 7mm-08 for my 13th birthday and it's killed more deer than CWD.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:41 PM   #8
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:47 PM   #9
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:47 PM   #10
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He'll do good with a Browning. I have several and they are great guns.

My folks were in the same boat many years ago and ended up getting me an ABolt 280. Gun has been amazing.

If it was me, I would say an XBolt in something just a tad bigger. 270, 280. I've used my first gun on several mule deer hunts. If more mid range is desired, I would go 25.06

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Old 12-22-2019, 04:49 PM   #11
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If itís going to be a Browning, get the xbolt in 7mm-08. It will last him a lifetime.
Great advice and what Iíd do if in your shoes
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:56 PM   #12
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Well my son turns 13 in Feb and my Dad wants to buy him a nice rifle. He has always shot a Savage Youth .243 and he is out growing it plus I have a 11 year old and a 9 year old that use it. This will be “his” rifle and won’t have to share with little brothers. It will be used to harvest WT, hogs, and the occasional Exotic (Axis, BB, Rams). So what says the greens screen? He’s a pretty stout kid 5’3” 118lbs.

25-06, 308, 7mm?

Lastly my Dad is pretty much made his mind up that he’s buying him a Browning so any certain model that anyone has good experiences with?

Thanks in advance and Merry CHRISTmas too all!


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7mm-08 is a great rifle for that age group. Unlike a 243, if you get into the shoulder, a 7mm08 will destroy the shoulder. Lot of different bullet weights. Very accurate. Low recoil. Larger cals like 3006, 270, 7mm Mag are gonna have to much recoil, creating another problem.

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Old 12-22-2019, 04:58 PM   #13
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243 7-08 6.5cm
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:04 PM   #14
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243 7-08 6.5cm
Yeah, I hear the 6.5 Creedmore is a good cal....basically zero recoil, or so Im told
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:20 PM   #15
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7mm 08,,,, it is about an ideal cartridge as will ever be made,,, light on recoil, long on range and heavy on kill...

it is a lot more gun that a 243 but is still mild on the shoulder,,, it offers great speed with a good weight range of bullets... long range abilities, short action and lighter weight

he might at some point in his life want bigger gun, but is highly unlikely to ever need more gun
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:23 PM   #16
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I bought my 13 year old the 6.5 creedmore. The 140gr bullets have some thump. Iím very impressed with the caliber.


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Old 12-22-2019, 05:24 PM   #17
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #18
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Another vote for 7-08
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #19
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my 13 year old is a little on the small size and he shoots my .270 with no issues. He has shot 3 deer in the last 2 years and we have had 0 tracks to show. Every animal has been dead right there.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:27 PM   #20
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7-08 or 6.5 creedmore is my vote.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:27 PM   #21
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Default Rifle / Caliber for 13 year old?

If heís used to a 243, whatís wrong with getting him another one in a full size rifle?


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Old 12-22-2019, 05:29 PM   #22
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+1 on the 7-08. Great caliber for pretty much anything heíll ever shoot in the field


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Old 12-22-2019, 05:38 PM   #23
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My 7 yr old shoots a .308 and shoots itís well.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:40 PM   #24
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Another vote for the 7-08.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:50 PM   #25
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Ive used 30/06 With hornady lite for both my boys, they Handle it well and when you use the Hornady lite loads, 125 grain it doesn’t recoil more than a 243. They have put down some
Nice wt with it. And once they can handle more recoil there is a selection of size bullets they can use.
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Old 12-22-2019, 05:58 PM   #26
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7mm-08 or 25-06 would be ideal...Iím very tempted to sell my 30-30 and grab either of those calibers before next season. I split the last few years between East Texas 50-100 yard shots that were ideal for the 30-30, and 275-300 yard shot chances at my in-laws farm...I had to use my wifeís 7mm-08 at the farm. So I need to buy my own rifle that can make the 300 yard shots, and 7mm-08 and 25-06 are at the top of the list for me
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:01 PM   #27
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I'd vote a 30-06. He can use reduced loads for now and full loads down the road. Will last him a lifetime and he can use it anywhere and hunt anything in america with it. This is what I did for my youngest son.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:24 PM   #28
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I’ve always liked the 25-06. He can us it the rest of his life.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:33 PM   #29
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I bought my son a 25-06 last year. He was 12 at the time (13 now). He likes the rifle a lot. He's killed a few hogs and a couple of deer with it. All the critters that he's shot have not went anywhere. I personally think it's a great caliber.

Having said that I've heard nothing but great things about the 7mm08. If I were to get another gun I'd definitely consider it.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:37 PM   #30
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When my son turned 8, I bought him a 7mm08 and he shot the reduced recoil loads in it. Killed a bunch of stuff. When he turned 13 we started shooting the regular regular ammo. It's a great round.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:59 PM   #31
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,243/6mm....hehehe
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:01 PM   #32
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"I N E P T"

"Inappropriate often to an absurd degree"

"Bungling leadership"


Lining up in the neutral zone....

Balls thrown behind OR 6' over their heads

Tackling a yard out of bounds....-15

Dropped passes left and right....

Running on 1st for 1.....over and over and over and over and over and over again....

Blown coverages.....

Fumbles......

Penalties.....

Etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

Just look so unbelievably unprepared.....

But what's new......

Garrett will be gone, but, unfortunately JJ won't.....so he'll most probably hire another boot licker, but, only after he's hired the staff.....hehehe
I think you are looking for the Dallas Cowboy thread

Yeah 7mm08
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:03 PM   #33
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7mm-08 is gonna be hard to beat
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:09 PM   #34
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:14 PM   #35
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:14 PM   #36
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Xbolt stainless stalker 7-08

(My kid has the caliber coming for Christmas but need it in a youth size so went Remington SPS youth.... really wanted to get him a 700 MTN SS but won’t fit him)
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:15 PM   #37
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My 7 yr old shoots a .308 and shoots itís well.
Whatís the make and model? Iím looking for the same for my 7yr old. Canít find a youth model that seems small enough.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:19 PM   #38
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Another vote for 7mm-08.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:25 PM   #39
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7-08, he’ll love it and you will too.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:30 PM   #40
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Browning X bolt in 7-08 . Itíll last him a lifetime & then some.


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Old 12-22-2019, 07:36 PM   #41
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I hate to say it but the 6.5 Creed is perfect for this. I wouldn't hesitate to go .260 or 7-08 either. I am not a fan of .243. I don't think it really grows up like the other cartridges listed above.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:41 PM   #42
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Xbolt in 308
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:00 PM   #43
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25-06 in a Browning A-bolt gets my vote. My step bro started shooting that combo about that age and still to this day shoots that gun at the age of 32. Solid round and it does work. Seems like a rather over looked caliber to me...


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Old 12-22-2019, 08:00 PM   #44
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270 or 6.5 creed. You can the reduced recoil in 270 if needed until he gets bigger.
Lots of great rifles to choose from.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:09 PM   #45
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6.5 Grendel
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:11 PM   #46
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My brothers and I began hunting for big game around that age.
As a starter rifle, my dad bought us 7mm-08ís.
We were all satisfied with that cartridge. I used it until college.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:14 PM   #47
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I bought a Tikka .270 & used reduced recoil ammo

Also took recoil pad off & inserted metal tools wrapped in tape in the empty stock space to add overall gun weight....worked great
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:22 PM   #48
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I moved my 9 and 12 yr old boys up to a 308 this yr with reduced recoil ammo. Itís done great on pigs and my son killed a great buck with it this weekend. Next yr Iíll move my older boy up to regular ammo.


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Old 12-22-2019, 08:22 PM   #49
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My 14 yr old grandson has decided to take over my Tikka in 25-06. Killed a doe with it and he's hooked. My health seems to be on the upswing, so it looks like we will be looking for a lease.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:22 PM   #50
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6.5prc, .270, 7mm, or 300win with a brake. At that age no since in going watered down he will be a grown man in no time.
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