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September 30, 2007, 03:57 PM
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.

September 30, 2007, 07:57 PM
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.

Smitty in CT
September 30, 2007, 08:35 PM
Mossberg 500 Super Bantam


chris in va
September 30, 2007, 09:43 PM
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.

September 30, 2007, 09:52 PM
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.

Smitty in CT
October 1, 2007, 12:38 PM
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
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....


October 1, 2007, 07:51 PM
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

October 3, 2007, 12:01 PM
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.

Smitty in CT
October 3, 2007, 12:08 PM
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.....