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Old 11-16-2015, 04:25 PM
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Default My son wants a shotgun for Xmas.

He's been shooting his single shot rascal 22 for a few years now and has gotten pretty good at it. He asked me if he could have a shotgun for Xmas wich of course brought a smile to my face.
He's 10 and kinda small about 70lbs I'm thinking 20 gauge specifically the 870 compact Jr. It starts out at only 12 inches lop and comes with some spacers to increase as he gets bigger. I'm just wondering if he may be better off with a 410. What do you guys think.

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I would go with the 20. Ammo easier to find and a lot cheaper, also the 20. will have enough knockdown power to take most small game and larger game with the correct ammo. The 870 is hard to beat...
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The 20 would likely be the best bet. Better range of use I think.
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20 GA with low brass to start. He will be fine. I was shooting rem 1100 12 ga at his age. Wished I had carried the 20. But I was too big for my britches
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410ga. A new scatter gun for Xmas at 10 years old. You are the best Dad.
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Pops bought me a Remington Special Field (21" barrel) 12ga when I was 10. Had the stock shortened which was great back then, but hard to find a replacement English style stock for it now. Put a pad on but but I don't like it as it can grip shirt when throwing it up. He doesn't shoot much but when he goes to shoot clays with the bankers, he takes my gun. It's a great little gun...
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Hard to give advice when you already started with a pretty good choice. Proper shotgun fit makes a huge difference in terms of accuracy. I think it's great. Good luck!
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20 gauge for sure.
Check out the Mossberg semi auto youth as well.
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Oh, get him the 20ga...410 is for 8 and under, IMO
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Make sure the shotgun you buy has the Supercell recoil pad. Really knocks down the recoil.
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Oh, get him the 20ga...410 is for 8 and under, IMO
Or for those who have been shooting for quite a while.
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
20 GA with low brass to start. He will be fine. I was shooting rem 1100 12 ga at his age. Wished I had carried the 20. But I was too big for my britches
I agree
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My pop got me a Harrington and Richardson 20 ga. Topper model. I loved that gun and must have put 1000's of rounds thru it. I was about 12 when I got it. The doves were terrified.
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.410 is a really difficult gun to shoot as a beginner and honestly a well fitted 20 with 5/8 oz loads will not have noticeably more recoil. One thing that is absolutely critical is to get a gun with some weight, don't get him a light one! Stock fit plays a role in felt recoil but by far the prevailing factor is weight. A heavily loaded light 20 ga will have significantly more recoil than a lightly loaded heavy 12ga. Get something that is a bit too heavy for him and keep his sessions short until he builds up the muscle to handle and carry the weight.
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Yea I figured a 20 ga low brass 2 3/4 and a gun he can grow into would be the way to go. He's gonna be a happy boy.
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^^^^^ good dad
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
^^^^^ good dad
I try.
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I went with the 20 Ga 870 junior when my son was 10. He became very good with it quickly, glad I didn't go with the 410. He was shooting dove his first season.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Hard to give advice when you already started with a pretty good choice. Proper shotgun fit makes a huge difference in terms of accuracy. I think it's great. Good luck!
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I went with the 20 Ga 870 junior when my son was 10. He became very good with it quickly, glad I didn't go with the 410. He was shooting dove his first season.
Excellent thanks
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Don't forget the hoppe's # 9
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