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Old 09-21-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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Need recommendations for a good youth model shotgun for a 9YO. Son decided to take off fall baseball and wants to shoot skeet for 4H. He has a single shot .410 heís been wearing dove out with but I donít think thatís going to get it done in a competition. Looking for a 20 gauge. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:43 PM   #2
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870 youth model. Served my son well. Remington ain’t what it use to be, but it’s still a good and cheap standard for kiddos.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:43 PM   #3
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Browning Citori CXS micro
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:56 PM   #4
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Cool that your son wants to do this. Any chance other 4-H shooters maybe a little older might have a shotgun your son can at least try out? If so, get some real light load 20 gauge shells and let him shoot some clays at a skeet range. Ask parents of other 4-H skeet shooters for some advice, suggestions, etc. Good luck, and get ready for the day your son can routinely outshoot you like mine did.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:58 PM   #5
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Take a look at the Mossberg SA-20. It has gone bang every time my wife (4'11') has pulled the trigger and won't break the bank.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:59 PM   #6
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My 9 year old shoots a cheap Tri star 20 auto and loves it. Great gun
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:01 PM   #7
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870 youth model. Served my son well. Remington ainít what it use to be, but itís still a good and cheap standard for kiddos.

This is what I did when mine were 11 and 12 yoa. Rem Express Youth and ladies model. It's a 21" barreled 20ga with a smaller stock and scaled down for smaller people. I've used it for dove and teal when pre scouting Oct deer. It points fast. Only weighs about 6-lbs. I've also killed deer with the modified choke it came with. Additional chokes can be picked up on clearance all the time for about $10. I've gotten an IC and a Full for it. But have never used them as the Mod has done all I've ever asked. One of my grandsons will get it as soon as their non hunting Dad will let them go with me . Their Mom, my daughter (now 40), is all about them going. But I don't say nothing cause I don't want to cause any disruption in their marriage. The boys on the other hand, always ask when they can go with "Granddaddy". All I can do is tell them "Any time they want to", for now.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:02 PM   #8
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Cool that your son wants to do this. Any chance other 4-H shooters maybe a little older might have a shotgun your son can at least try out? If so, get some real light load 20 gauge shells and let him shoot some clays at a skeet range. Ask parents of other 4-H skeet shooters for some advice, suggestions, etc. Good luck, and get ready for the day your son can routinely outshoot you like mine did.
Thatís a great idea. Iíll look into that. Last night I was going to shoot after him but I never got to fire shot. I showed animals in 4H back in the day but never knew skeet shooting was a thing. Weíll see how he does.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:10 PM   #9
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My 9 year old shoots a cheap Tri star 20 auto and loves it. Great gun
Thatís awesome. Lately I donít even pull my gun out, just sit with him while he hunts. I thought when he got older, heíd be my bird dog but I get more enjoyment out of just watching him shoot. Trying to teach him hunting etiquette of how not to blow someoneís eardrums out and still have a good time. Iíve hunted with guys that would shoot right next to your head and not think twice about it.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:20 PM   #10
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Buy once, cry once. I went through a his a couple years ago.

Beretta A300 Outlander in 12g. 1oz loads will be fine for him. I think my son has well over 10,000 rounds thru his without a single hiccup. He bird hunts, shoots trap, skeet, SC and 5 stand with it.

Best bang for the buck there is.


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Old 09-21-2020, 08:38 PM   #11
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Buy once, cry once. I went through a his a couple years ago.

Beretta A300 Outlander in 12g. 1oz loads will be fine for him. I think my son has well over 10,000 rounds thru his without a single hiccup. He bird hunts, shoots trap, skeet, SC and 5 stand with it.

Best bang for the buck there is.


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Great gun but no way a 9 year old can handle and wing shoot with a 28Ē 12ga

Need to stick to a youth size 20 if heís any similar size to most 9 year olds
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:46 PM   #12
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A 28ga o/u would be great. I have a Yildiz that isn't specifically a youth model, but the stock is pretty short. 26" barrels. The gun is cheap enough you could cut the stock down a little if you needed to without feeling bad about it. I did that with my son when he was 9. Then a year or two later I glued the cut off back onto the stock.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:47 PM   #13
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For a kid starting out shooting skeet, I would recommend a good semi auto in 20 ga. Once he gets better, and bigger, you can move him up to a 12. I started with a Rem 1100 youth, and moved up to a 12 O/U at around 13. Served me well, and never had a problem competing with other kids. Most important factor in selecting a shotgun is fit. Find a gun that fits him well, and he’ll be ahead of the curve on shooting it. A $10,000 gun that doesn’t fit right is just an expensive paper weight.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:49 PM   #14
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Look at a Remington 11-87 youth model 20 ga.

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Old 09-21-2020, 08:52 PM   #15
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Put me down for the Weatherby SA-08 20 ga in a youth stock. Get semi-auto gun for the price and dang dependable. No way in hell would I put a kid in an 870 express 20 gauge. They are a thumping mofo.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:55 PM   #16
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Check with the 4-h sponsor in your area. They will be able to help you out in every way imaginable. Great organization. Let him shoot a couple of guns and find out what he is comfortable with. a quality beretta, browning, or benelli would be a great start and worth the money.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:14 PM   #17
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I would also advise getting a semi auto. Been there and done that and the kick from the pump was way too much for my 9 year old. It was too much for me to be honest. Sure wouldn’t want to shoot skeet with one.
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:36 PM   #18
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Put me down for the Weatherby SA-08 20 ga in a youth stock. Get semi-auto gun for the price and dang dependable. No way in hell would I put a kid in an 870 express 20 gauge. They are a thumping mofo.

Wow. My 13 year old son weighs 78 pounds. I do know better options are out there but he handles it without issue. Especially for skeet rounds.

***But you are Smart. Krum guy here

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Old 09-22-2020, 04:10 AM   #19
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You can get the montefeltro youth 20 that comes with youth stock and full size he can grow into. Recoil is little more than the 1100 but not bad.


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Old 09-22-2020, 05:42 AM   #20
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Wow. My 13 year old son weighs 78 pounds. I do know better options are out there but he handles it without issue. Especially for skeet rounds.

***But you are Smart. Krum guy here

Good for him.... but itís still a thumper... especially the youth model with a 21Ē barrel. Big difference in a 13 yo and a 9 year old too.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:45 AM   #21
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Put me down for the Weatherby SA-08 20 ga in a youth stock. Get semi-auto gun for the price and dang dependable. No way in hell would I put a kid in an 870 express 20 gauge. They are a thumping mofo.

This should say ďGreat semi-auto gun for the price**Ē
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:37 AM   #22
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My son Joe started with a Mossberg 500 youth in 20ga and cashed in the coupon that came with the shotgun when it came time to change to the adult stock. He also bought a slug barrel for it and it is one heck of a deer killer with Sabot rounds. Pump guns are so durable and fool proof.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:13 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the help gentlemen.
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