.22 rifle recommendations, please.


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ArmyAviator
October 12, 2008, 10:52 PM
Avid hunter and shooter but not topical on current .22 rifle offerings for the little ones. My grandson is 6 (tall and long for his age) and spends literally every available minute with me on the farm or on the deer lease. I want to buy a .22 that might fit him. Please know that under no circumstances would he be without hand-in-hand supervision. We have a super range on our lease and shoot there nearly weekly. Please advise of what's out there to truly fit a little boy.

Best regards, as always.

--Bryant

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NWCP
October 12, 2008, 11:05 PM
Henry Repeating Arms makes both a bolt action ans a lever gun in youth sizes. Might be worth a look see.

toivo
October 12, 2008, 11:33 PM
Here's a random sampling:

http://www.henryrepeating.com/h001y_leveryouth.cfm

http://czusa.com/product_detail.php?id=5

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/BoltAction22/915y.asp

http://www.savagearms.com/cub.htm

http://www.savagearms.com/markigy.htm

http://www.crickett.com/CrickettRifle/crickettrifle.html

http://www.rossiusa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=114

As you can see, the youth market tends toward single-shot bolt actions. The Rossi would give him the option of a shotgun too, but the hammer can be hard for little fingers to cock. I believe the Crickett is physically the smallest of the bunch. The CZ comes standard with a single-shot adapter in place of a magazine, but you can swap it out for a regular magazine as the kid learns the ropes. The CZ is also a classy little rifle, although a little more pricey. Nothing wrong with Marlin or Savage either, though. The Henrys have a decent rep as far as quality goes, but I don't know if I would recommend a tube-fed lever gun for a very young beginner.

EDIT TO ADD: Oops, I forgot the Henry bolt rifle:

http://www.henryrepeating.com/h005_minibolt.cfm

rangerruck
October 13, 2008, 12:03 AM
I agree with toivo, and if you must have semi auto, then I would go with a marlin 795; just right for everybody, and priced right.

TCB in TN
October 13, 2008, 02:47 AM
Marlin M25 for a bolt, Marlin 60 or 795 for a semi. Great starter guns. Plenty accurate, reliable, and not to tough on the wallet, but still tough enough to make it through a kids learning to hunt and shoot years.

BTW I bought a little marlin/glenfield 75 in a pawn shop for $50 back when my kids were about the same age. Cut a couple inches off the stock to make the LOP match up, and they learned just fine. My 7year old nephew has it now, and it is still knocking down cans, and busting plastic bottles every time you turn around.

ctgmi
October 13, 2008, 08:49 AM
ArmyAviator, Iím in same situation with a son whoís about to turn seven. Iíve looked at all the options. The cricket is built for the smallest statured shooter it fits my son perfect but didnít like how the action must be manually decocked if one needs to unload a live round in the cocked rifle. The CZ is an outstanding firearm but is built for larger kids or smaller adults and is considerably heavier. My favorite option is the Savage Cub whiles only slightly larger then the Cricket and only one pound more at 3 Ĺ lbs. It has a conventional bolt with a conventional safety it also has Savages AccuTrigger.

Clipper
October 13, 2008, 09:55 AM
Browning BL-22...It's an heirloom-quality gun that he can hand down to his own son. Accurate, lightweight and the 33* lever throw is easy for shorter arms to swing, and the trigger is pinned in the lever, eliminating pinched fingers. The wood-to-metal fit and the finish is without peer.

moooose102
October 13, 2008, 11:04 AM
i bought my son (six when i purchased it) a cz 452 scout. it is a bolt action, clip magazine rifle. it comes with a clip blank, that allows you to feed one bullet at a time. and there are 5 round, and 10 round magazines available as well. this is my biggest concern with most of the other rifles out there, they are single shots, plain and simple, with no way to accept more rounds later on. there are also a variety of options for this gun also. i bought a reduced rate trigger spring for it. but i wont install it for a while yet. he is going to have to show me that he is very good at propper handling and shooting before i make it better for him. the trigger is not bad as it is, it is just that i know how much better of a shot a person can be with a trigger pull of about 3 pounds than one with 6 or 7. also, for his 7th birthday, i bought him a 4x scope and mounts for it. i wanted him to get used to open sight first, so he would know how to shoot with them. but scopes are really the way to go with target guns. and since he wont be able (legally) to hunt for a while, that is what it is until then.

gentleman987
October 13, 2008, 12:07 PM
Henry golden boy is a great gun that he will keep forever. It is a little heavy but i still love mine

cinteal
October 13, 2008, 12:31 PM
I second Clipper on the BL-22 for a youth gun . . . or a grownup one. I shot mine well into my teens. Squirrells and rabbits hated it. Very accurate and FUN to shoot. Plus, they're Brownings . . . I've never seen an ugly one.

toivo
October 13, 2008, 01:45 PM
Henry golden boy is a great gun that he will keep forever. It is a little heavy but i still love mine

Agree that they're great guns, but IMHO it's way too long and heavy for a six-year-old.

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