Recommendation for a youth 243 deer rifle?

j_m_vasquez

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I'm looking to buy my son a 243 deer rifle for his 12th birthday next month. He's small framed for his age but has handled his 20 gauge fine. His length of pull is a bit short still (I think about 12 may be 13 inches). Any suggestion on a rifle, or experience in this area?
 

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Check out Browning I know years ago they had a program where if you bought a youth model they would upgrade your stock to a full length stock when that time came. If not then I would look at Remington or Savage with the same idea but you could pick up a used adult stock online later guys are always ditching them for cheap.
 

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Manny,

My daughter is slight of built and shoots her Savage .243 Axis with no problem...... :smiley-wnk-yellow:

ps.....My only suggestion would be get the Axis ll.....I had to work her trigger some.....Where as the Axis ll comes with the Accu-Trigger. Also has a Redfield scope.

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Check Budsgunshop.com they had the best price last year
 

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I was really small when younger (some would argue I still am, but after a few minutes of ground and pound they are silent :) ) and my dad got me the Rem model 7 in 243. It is still to this day my favorite rifle. It packs well, and shoots incredibly well out to the distances I can shoot. I neck shot a jackrabbit a few weeks ago from 240 with it to try a new recipe (which turned out great by the way).

A used one would be the cheapest option, mines is 25 or so years old now...
 

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Thank you all for the input. I'm still shopping but leaning towards the Savage Axis XP 243 Youth in camo. Only thing that suck is that the Axis II youth does not come in camo. However, I gave my wife a Savage Axis II 243 last year and she does not like the accu-trigger so I might just get my son the XP and swap out this trigger with my wife's.
 

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Camo is cool and all but it makes it easier to loose in the woods especially for a kid who might forget where he put it down.
 

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As someone who has set my bow down on sage brush to glass a buck walked a short distance to get a better vantage point then spent an hour looking for my bow I have to agree with mjb
 

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britlab said:
As someone who has set my bow down on sage brush to glass a buck walked a short distance to get a better vantage point then spent an hour looking for my bow I have to agree with mjb
I could do that even if mine was painted hunter orange!
 

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Agree about the camo on a rifle.....Just looks cool I guess...... :smiley-wnk-yellow:


ps.....My pet thing is camo knives.....Lost a bunch.....Now they're blaze orange..... :smiley-ugly-lol-bashing-sign:
 

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I found 3 camo radios so far while hunting 2 still work today!
 

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Savage can probably get a combo package with scope. Son dropped 200lb hog at 100yrds. Loves shooting it. 13yrs old.
 

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I agree with camo not being necessary but he wants to eventually hunt white tail deer with his grandfather in New York. Now I don't agree with my father-in-law but he is sold (and has sold my wife and son) that you need camo for hunting white tail deer from a tree stand. Not a battle worth fighting. I found the Savage Axis XP in camo with Bushnell scope for $477 out the door. Will likely get it after payday.
 
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