Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2022, 06:23 PM   #1
Aggiestad
Ten Point
 
Aggiestad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Floresville, TX
Default Recommendations for a shotgun for 9 year old

My 9 year old is getting into the shooting club at his school and needs a shotgun. What recommendations do you have, thinking of the Beretta A300 Ultima. There is a range near us that has one we can rent, so we are going this Saturday to try it out. The coach who runs the team recommended a 12 gauge so that is what we will try. The recoil shouldn’t be too bad with the kick off, I just worry about the length of pull being to long.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Aggiestad is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 06:28 PM   #2
S-3 Ranch
Pope & Young
 
S-3 Ranch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Sisterdale
Hunt In: Sisterdale, Barnhart , presidio , tiviolie
Default

I like a 20ga to start a kid off , a beretta a300 is a nice gun to run a 100 rounds with, shoulder recoil isn’t a big deal, it’s the face and cheek that took me a while to get used too

Last edited by S-3 Ranch; 09-22-2022 at 06:31 PM.
S-3 Ranch is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 06:29 PM   #3
IvoryRoot
Ten Point
 
IvoryRoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Hunt In: Everywhere
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by S-3 Ranch View Post
I like a 20ga to start a kid off , a beretta a300 is a nice gun to run a 100 rounds with
This all day!
IvoryRoot is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 06:49 PM   #4
Walker
Pope & Young
 
Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Antonio
Default

I bought my grandson a Tristar Raptor and shortened the stock. They do make a youth model but I couldn't find one. Came with 4 chokes.
Walker is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 07:10 PM   #5
Yelladog
Ten Point
 
Yelladog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Georgetown
Default

I’m with the 20ga crowd.
To me the KO seems like it would add a little LOP. Hopefully someone who knows beretta better than me can chime. In. That’s purely my observation from looking and handling a few. But I’ve never looks at the specs for both.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Yelladog is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 07:10 PM   #6
Drycreek3189
Pope & Young
 
Drycreek3189's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Troup
Hunt In: Cherokee, Rusk Counties
Default

Mine started out with a 20 gauge youth model Beretta AL 390. He still has it. He won first place in the only tournament he ever shot in. He’s on your left….
Attached Images
 
Drycreek3189 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 07:28 PM   #7
Mike
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orange, Texas
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Walker View Post
I bought my grandson a Tristar Raptor and shortened the stock. They do make a youth model but I couldn't find one. Came with 4 chokes.
This is the best option, just my opinion. I was able to find the youth model in 20 gauge and that gun has been passed to so many youth shooters I've lost count. It's a very reliable gun. I know of 3 guns in our group and they all have 5K plus shells through them with no issues.

Both my boys shot 4H Clay Busters and at 9 years old I think the better choice is a 20.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 07:41 PM   #8
Hoggslayer
Pope & Young
 
Hoggslayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manvel, TX mostly in the Doghouse
Hunt In: My Truck at night.
Default

If he's a average size 9 year old, I'd think a 12 would be too big.
A 20ga would serve him well. Heck I'm in my 50s and still shoot a 20ga sometimes.

Sent from my SM-J737A using Tapatalk
Hoggslayer is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:17 PM   #9
BBBGP
Ten Point
 
BBBGP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston
Hunt In: Bee Co.
Default

Has he ever shot a shotgun? if no, start him on a single shot 4-10. recoil will not matter and he will lean to shoot well from the start.
BBBGP is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:21 PM   #10
BrandonA
Pope & Young
 
BrandonA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Marble Falls/Burnet
Hunt In: Mills and Burnet County
Default

I’m with the single shot 410 or 20
BrandonA is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:36 PM   #11
basschump
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: South Austin
Hunt In: Around TX
Default

My son shot competitively throughout high school and a year in college. I still help coach a youth team. Shoot me a PM- I’d be happy to share my thoughts.

Be careful with lightweight shotguns. The beat the snot bubbles out of kids.
basschump is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:46 PM   #12
Walker
Pope & Young
 
Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Antonio
Default

Do not, do not get him a .410. You'll spend a fortune on shells and he'll never hit anything with it. .410's are for squirrel hunters and accomplished wing shooters. Worst starter shotgun in the world.
Walker is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:50 PM   #13
Bassdeer
Ten Point
 
Bassdeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: The Colony
Default

I'm all for the 12G, I started day one with a 870 wingmaster, mod barrel, that thing was deadly. He's going to end up with a 12G anyway why not start him off right.
Bassdeer is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:52 PM   #14
ClayW
Pope & Young
 
ClayW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Braunfels
Hunt In: Karnes County
Default

I’d definitely go 20ga

I find it interesting the coach would recommend a 12ga.
ClayW is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:53 PM   #15
30-30
Pope & Young
 
30-30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tomball
Hunt In: Hopkins County
Default

Youth-model Remington 1100.
30-30 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:55 PM   #16
SmTx
Pope & Young
 
SmTx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Marcos/Hempstead
Hunt In: Jim Wells
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ClayW View Post
I’d definitely go 20ga

I find it interesting the coach would recommend a 12ga.
Throw more pellets in the air to make up for shooter and maybe coaching shortcomings
SmTx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 08:58 PM   #17
ClayW
Pope & Young
 
ClayW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Braunfels
Hunt In: Karnes County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SmTx View Post
Throw more pellets in the air to make up for shooter and maybe coaching shortcomings

Ha

I’ve been shooting a 20ga forever….12ga is a lot of gun
ClayW is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 09:03 PM   #18
Slew
Pope & Young
 
Slew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Lindale, TX
Hunt In: nowhere close to home
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drycreek3189 View Post
Mine started out with a 20 gauge youth model Beretta AL 390. He still has it. He won first place in the only tournament he ever shot in. He’s on your left….
That’s my favorite gun in the safe! I traded a 390 12ga I didn’t shoot and I wish I had it back! 20ga semi auto for a kid is great. Only give em one she’ll at a time if that how you want it!!
Slew is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 10:42 PM   #19
Notaguide
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Waco - Rockport
Hunt In: Evant
Default

Starting kids out early is awesome.

My 12yr old started shooting last year at 11 with a Rem 20ga youth model. We looked long and hard for a youth 390 before finding the 11-87. My son in closer to a 10yr old in size so the 13" LOP works well. Only draw back is the 21" barrel which isn't the case with the 390. We've attempted to shoot a 20ga A400 but too difficult with the 14.25" LOP. Another issue is having smaller hands while gripping the gun and still reaching the trigger. He's currently able to shoot 3-4 boxes before having issue with recoil having a gas operated 20ga. Shooting a 12ga is out of the questions for another couple of years in my opinion.

He had a blast at the range this summer and has really made a difference.
Notaguide is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 10:49 PM   #20
okrattler
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma Panhandle
Hunt In: Oklahoma
Default

Youth model Remington 870 20 gauge. You can get a thicker butt pad for it as he grows. Or he'll keep it like it is like I did with mine. Those guns will last forever if you take decent care of them.
okrattler is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 10:59 PM   #21
mr. buck
Six Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Default

My kiddo shot a benelli montefletro 20 ga. and it was absolutely perfect. they'll also change out the youth stock for a full size stock when the kids get older
mr. buck is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-22-2022, 11:08 PM   #22
Yelladog
Ten Point
 
Yelladog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Georgetown
Default

There is a stoeger 3020 20ga on 2cool for $475. Looks to be for smaller shooters.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Yelladog is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2022, 06:29 AM   #23
HogHunter34
Ten Point
 
HogHunter34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Troup, TX
Hunt In: Anderson County
Default

I agree 20 gauge

My dad bought me a Rem model 1100 12 gauge when I was 10 years old. I was a runt
I was duck hunting one morning a little off balance shot & I fell backwards after two shots lol
Beautiful shotgun still in great shape to this day 38 years later but it was probably a little more gun than I needed
HogHunter34 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2022, 06:40 AM   #24
Daddy D
Ten Point
 
Daddy D's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Default

I learned to shoot on a single shot 410. I’d recommend that, or even a 28.
Daddy D is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2022, 07:10 AM   #25
Muleyhunter
Four Point
 
Muleyhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Friendswood
Hunt In: out West & my Kansas farms
Default

Ammo is a bit more expensive, but a 28ga breaks birds like a 20 with the recoil of a 410
Muleyhunter is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2022, 07:14 AM   #26
jdg13
Ten Point
 
jdg13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Houston
Hunt In: Someplace, TX
Default

Youth model gas 20ga. Minimal recoil, and a gun that might actually fit him. Tristar makes a good one for cheap. The A300 is going to be too big unless he's a gargantuan 9 year old. Leave the 410 for popping cans and learning safety. Most single shots swing like a 2x4 with a lead pipe tied to it and a 410 is an expert's gun. Point is, get something that fit him. Give a kid an ill fitting gun, he won't hit anything, it'll beat the heck out of him, and he'll just get frustrated.
jdg13 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2022, 07:31 AM   #27
Smart
Pope & Young
 
Smart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denton, TX
Hunt In: Tom Green County
Default

Hard to go wrong with a Weatherby SA-08 youth 20 ga. I know of at least 4 dads that have started their kids with this shotgun with great success . Price point is good too. Lop is like 12 ish inches and you can replace the stock with an adult stock later. Hunted the whitewing opener down south with my buddy’s son who started with it at 10 and is now a junior and they have added the adult stock now. Still going strong.

https://weatherby.com/store/sa-08-synthetic-compact/
Smart is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com