"This is the handiest little field gun ever. It’s a super, youth-size 22 rimfire rifle for plinking, informal target practice and pest control. The 20" barrel comes with adjustable rifle sights and is chambered for 22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. Swap barrels and, in an instant, it’s a light and fast-handling .410 shotgun, a natural for small game and birds. The 22/410 Versa-Pack® is based on our field-proven single shot action with Transfer Bar System. Best of all, you get all this performance and versatility in one compact package, at a cost far less than two separate guns."
November 18, 2004, 09:56 AM
I just bought a .22/20 gauge Rossi matched pair for my oldest. The fit and finish isn't the best it could be but it's expected for something of this price. I haven't had a chance to get it out to test it yet but it seems functional. One thing to consider is depending on the model you get it may be a little heavy for your son. The .22/410 is a lot lighter and more trim then the .22/20 version. I'll try and get some pictures posted for you.
Nevermind the weight thing just reread your post and saw he was 13, shouldn't be any problem for him with the weight.
November 18, 2004, 10:37 AM
Is this the "trade gun", a single shot with 2 barrels? I saw one at J&G, and thought it would make a fine first gun(s) set up, and even thought about getting one for the truck for myself. I would go for the 12 ga because 12 ga is cheaper, and easier to kill with for a new hunter. If recoil is a problem use a sub-caliber insert in the chamber at first.
I've never had a Rossi combo, but those I've looked at have been about par for the course. Not real pretty but functional. I had owned several H&R/ NEF shotguns and they seem to feel a bit better. I would urge you to stay away from the .410 in whatever you buy. At 13 he can probably handle at least a 20g. Cheaper to shoot and alot easier to hit with.
November 19, 2004, 02:34 AM
My brother bought one for his kids a little over a year or so ago; he found a 'matched triple'; .22lr, 20 gauge, and .243 barrels. For what it is, it's great. Don't expect a Blaser. Both he and his kids (14, 11, 9) do just fine with it, though. The recoil is a little sharp with the 20 gauge barrel, but low power/trap loads are ok. The centerfire models come with a recoil pad installed. The trigger is characteristically a little rough and gritty but it should smooth out with use (especially with .22!) but you can spend half as much as the initial purchase price getting a good smith to clean it up. I'd say just give it, use it, enjoy it.
November 19, 2004, 11:40 AM
My very first gun was a NEF pardner in 20 ga when I was 13 or 14. great gun, and I still remember out shooting my friend with his o/u browning :)
The NEF guns are great quality and shoot/handle well. 20 ga was a good match for me back then, and it is still a good cartridge today. I would recomend the 20ga (410 is just too hard to hit with, and 12 ga gas alot more recoil)
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