The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 30, 2007, 03:57 PM   #1
triplej's
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 30, 2007
Posts: 1
youth guns

my son is 8 years old and loves to shoot my 12 ga. I think it is to much gun for him. he weighs about 68 pounds and he can't hold my mossberg 500 or my police model remington 870 by himself. I want to buy him a new shotgun without spending a lot of money what sould I do.
triplej's is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 07:57 PM   #2
T-Ray
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 26, 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 288
get either a .410 or 20ga single break action from wal-mart for $100. if you don't mind spending more for ammo, get a .410 because of less felt recoil and it'll be a bit lighter. if you don't want to spend more for ammo, get a 20ga. you could even get the 12ga single shot from walmart for the same price, if you want.
T-Ray is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 08:35 PM   #3
Smitty in CT
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2006
Location: Moodus, CT
Posts: 589
Mossberg 500 Super Bantam

__________________
Smitty

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." -- Gen. George Patton
Smitty in CT is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 09:43 PM   #4
chris in va
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 26, 2004
Location: Louisville KY
Posts: 12,493
Smitty nailed it...Super Bantam. Adjustable LOP as he grows up, very light and the foregrip is actually closer for smaller shooters.

Stick with 20ga though, 410 is expensive and hard to hit clays with.
chris in va is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 09:52 PM   #5
Ruger4570
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 3, 2005
Location: Rochester, New York
Posts: 2,136
Having shot a 410 in skeet compitition, I would NEVER buy one for a beginner shooter. You would be FAR better off with a 28 guage. Some of the 20's kick as hard as a 12 do too. Ask any, and i mean any, skeet shooter if he thinks a 410 is a goog bore to buy a kid and he will tell you that the 410 is for experts. Missing targets does not make a kid want to shoot. Get him a gun he can hit with. The 28 has low recoil and unless you reload some of the 20's can hurt a kid too.
Ruger4570 is offline  
Old October 1, 2007, 12:38 PM   #6
Smitty in CT
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2006
Location: Moodus, CT
Posts: 589
Also, Fiocchi sells a "LOW RECOIL" 20 GA called 20Lite shell that has little to no felt recoil, it is good for targets and small game. My 9-year-old can shoot it all day with no shoulder pain....

Manufacturer: Fiocchi USA
Mfg Item Num: 20LITE
Category: AMMO SHOTSHELLS
Gauge :20 GA
Type :Lead
Length :2 3/4"
Ounces :3/4 oz
Shot Size :7 1/2
Muzzle Velocity :1075 fps
Rounds/box :25 Rounds Per Box, 10 Boxes Per Case
Drams :Lite

It is all the way down at the bottom of the page....

http://www.fiocchiusa.com/cat_target.html
__________________
Smitty

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." -- Gen. George Patton
Smitty in CT is offline  
Old October 1, 2007, 07:51 PM   #7
wingshooter1
Member
 
Join Date: January 29, 2007
Posts: 23
just my opinion but i would stay clear of mossberg, bad gun with jam problems, look into a 870 youth model or even a single shot,,,,

i have a moss 500 that sits in the gun safe and never comes out to play its garbage
wingshooter1 is offline  
Old October 3, 2007, 12:01 PM   #8
94bluerat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 30, 2007
Location: South of Canada
Posts: 201
I went with the NE Arms 20 in a youth model. It has an English wrist so it is a bit easier to get a young hand around it. We have an 870 youth 20, but it has more weight forward and gets heavy for my 9 year old. I wanted the multiple shot option, but went with the single for now.

He hit 5 doves this year on opening day so I think we made the right choice. He had shot a .410 single but w/ an adult stock. It was too akward.

I think another year of growing and he can move to the 870.

I did try 3in 20 gauge buckshot round with that little single, BOOM.
94bluerat is offline  
Old October 3, 2007, 12:08 PM   #9
Smitty in CT
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2006
Location: Moodus, CT
Posts: 589
Quote:
Originally Posted by wingshooter1
i have a moss 500 that sits in the gun safe and never comes out to play its garbage
I'll give you fifty bucks for it.....
__________________
Smitty

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." -- Gen. George Patton
Smitty in CT is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

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 08:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07476 seconds with 7 queries