Youth .22 Rifle


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guyfromohio
February 3, 2012, 07:10 PM
My 11 year-old daughter has become interested in shooting with me and I'd like to pick up a youth .22 for her. She's a slight build and my long guns have too much reach for her. I'm asking for some help with identifying a good choice for her. I'm looking for quality, not junk. I'd prefer to go with options other than semi-auto to start out. I'd like to stay <$250 MSRP. Marlin? Henry? Ruger? Chipmonk/Cricket /Crockett? What will shoot straight and last?

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nipprdog
February 3, 2012, 08:05 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/nippr/web/DHH_0776pw.jpg

I picked up this Savage .22 Mark IIF to teach my nephew's son. Got it for $195 including shipping and FFL transfer. It's a sweet shooter. :D

guyfromohio
February 3, 2012, 08:16 PM
That looks nice. Right in line with what I'm looking for.

Ohio Gun Guy
February 3, 2012, 10:57 PM
I live in central ohio, there are some walmarts around that have a decent selection of .22 rifles. Vances in Columbus WILL have about anything you'd want, but there will be a crowd!

guyfromohio
February 3, 2012, 11:06 PM
I was going to take her to Vances to hold a few. Saturday mornings are a zoo there! I'm in Columbus too.

Dentite
February 3, 2012, 11:23 PM
I think the Savage Cub is the nicest of the really small .22LRs. Accutrigger, wood stock, blued metal, etc. The only question is if it might be too small for her. My 4 year old can just barely shoulder it...he'll do great with it in a year or two.

alemonkey
February 3, 2012, 11:26 PM
I have a Savage 30G (re-issue of the old Stevens Favorite) that I added a Marble's tang sight to. It's very accurate, and would be a great first gun especially if you're looking for something different than the regular bolt action rifles. It has that old-time look, so if a kid likes old cowboy guns it would be a good pick. My wife calls it the Mini Sharps.

husker
February 4, 2012, 12:46 AM
My lil girl with her youth Henry. Paid $165.00 out the door.
No idea how many rounds have been shot out of it now. A bunch of Long.& shorts.
Not 1 hick up yet. Even ate the 1 box of 60 grain Aquila ammo I had. Shot that box up frog hunting with my brother one night last summer.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183499_1595826819172_1341005971_1288002_5814385_n.jpg

guyfromohio
February 4, 2012, 07:18 AM
Lever easy to work? My first gun was a Winchester 94/22. Wouldn't be opposed to the Henry.

x_wrench
February 4, 2012, 07:44 AM
the first gun for both of my kids was / is a CZ 452 Scout. bolt action. it comes with a single shot insert in it, and with a 5 round "clip" magazine. and they also make a 10 round magazine as well. of course for my daughter, i had to paint the gun pink. but that was no big deal. a couple of rattle cans, and a few hours, and she has a pink gun. well, the stock anyway.i wanted a bolt gun to teach them the fundementals of shooting. and to instill them with "one shot, one hit". auto loaders make it way to easy to just keep pulling the trigger until the tin can goes flying.

guyfromohio
February 4, 2012, 09:37 AM
I'm in agreement with the semi-auto sentiment. 10/22s are great, I'd like her to be more focused on each shot.

jeepnik
February 4, 2012, 11:24 AM
Semi autos aren't, in my opinion, good starter guns. Kids will be kids, and it's too tempting to "spray and pray", thus learning too many bad habits, that are hard to break.

I would suggest something like Chipmunk. http://www.chipmunkrifles.com/index.php?cPath=26&osCsid=sohmoi1ssni1ahcuejmmtsmbk7

Now some will say they will outgrown them. Well, that's true. But the cost isn't prohibitive, and down the road, they may be able to give it to their kids to learn to shoot.

Heck, one of my favorite rifles to shoot these days it my Winchester single shot, bolt action "boys" rifle.

bigfatdave
February 4, 2012, 11:46 AM
Henry or an older single-shot lever (gunshows are your friend)

Savage is making a nice newer single-shot bolt

Rossi makes a fairly good break-action rifle/shotgun combo in various pairings and maybe triplets (not sure about triples in youth sizes)

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Go shopping and have her try some on for size, but I think the Henry H001Y is probably the best gun of the bunch ... assuming it fits.

USAF_Vet
February 4, 2012, 12:11 PM
Semi autos aren't, in my opinion, good starter guns. Kids will be kids, and it's too tempting to "spray and pray", thus learning too many bad habits, that are hard to break.

I would suggest something like Chipmunk. http://www.chipmunkrifles.com/index.php?cPath=26&osCsid=sohmoi1ssni1ahcuejmmtsmbk7

Now some will say they will outgrown them. Well, that's true. But the cost isn't prohibitive, and down the road, they may be able to give it to their kids to learn to shoot.

Heck, one of my favorite rifles to shoot these days it my Winchester single shot, bolt action "boys" rifle.
Depends on the kid. I got my stepson a Cricket, because of his tendency to mag dump every time he has a semi auto in hand.

My stepdaughter, however, has no such tendency, and I'll be getting her a Savage 64, same as mine.

She'll take 30 seconds to line up each shot, making sure it's perfect. He will mag dump in less than 30 seconds and probably won't hit anything. Semi for her, Single shot for him.

guyfromohio
February 4, 2012, 08:28 PM
Well, after an hour waiting for my number to be called, we stepped up to the counter today. Vances' youth selection was pretty slim. In the end, a single shot TC package won the day. Very light and compact. Although it came scoped, we're going to hold off on installation until she develops a comfort level with the nifty little peep sight that came on it. Thank you for the tips. Had they a Henry or a bolt in that size, it may have turned out different, but my daughter is thrilled!

chris in va
February 5, 2012, 01:45 AM
Henry Youth model. Simply awesome and fun gun. They won't outgrow it.

BCRider
February 5, 2012, 01:55 AM
Even as an adult those TC single shot .22's are calling to me. Add a little to the butt plate to increase the length of pull a little and I'd be in single shot heaven.

Hope she enjoys it. From what I've read it's a nice shooting gun.

bigfatdave
February 5, 2012, 09:59 AM
Even as an adult those TC single shot .22's are calling to me. me too, until I found out I couldn't fit my finger in the trigger guard.

they are nice little guns, though ... enjoy.

Waiting for your number to be called at a gun shop? I've waited a little bit in the past, but so bad there's a butcher's "take a number" system?
Dude, you need a new gun shop.

Keep an eye out for that H001Y Henry Youth model, one of the reasons I thought of it first is that it would be fun for YOU as well as your kids.

guyfromohio
February 5, 2012, 11:19 AM
I rarely go to the big one, but my usual FFL doesn't carry an inventory. I generally go to him with what I want and he orders at a great price. The goal was for my daughter to fit a few. For perspective, I pulled number 17. They were on 53, so I waited until it rounded 100. Packed! A good thing for that local business and the 2nd.

bigfatdave
February 5, 2012, 01:09 PM
for perspective, i pulled number 17. They were on 53, so i waited until it rounded 100. Packed! do you end up feeling rushed at the counter?

guyfromohio
February 5, 2012, 02:51 PM
Not really. I've found them to be pretty patient.

SleazyRider
February 5, 2012, 02:59 PM
I think the Savage Cub is the nicest of the really small .22LRs. Accutrigger, wood stock, blued metal, etc. The only question is if it might be too small for her. My 4 year old can just barely shoulder it...he'll do great with it in a year or two.
Dentite, could you tell us the length of pull on that little Cub? And does it have peep sights? Thanks!

rodinal220
February 5, 2012, 03:50 PM
Keystone Arms Crickett rifles are nice,the older Rogue Chipmunk are nicer with more metal hardware like the cocking knob and front sight and had decent plain walnut stocks.

The Savage Cub is a nice little single shot too and comes with a nice peep sight.

GrandmasterB
February 5, 2012, 04:19 PM
Friend of mine bought his daughter the Henry Mini Bolt. I was very impressed with the quality of the rifle. I also like the fiber optic sights. It was sized perfectly for her and it shot straight too.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_107_979/products_id/58206/Henry+Orange+Synthetic+Bolt+Action+22+LR

BrainOnSigs
February 5, 2012, 04:23 PM
COOL! We need a range update.

No love for the CZ 452 Scout? Gave my boy one on his 7th birthday....still going strong now that he is 13.

http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL875/3165911/8282895/333880683.jpg

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He has taken over my CZ 452 Varmint for rimfire fun now:
http://brainonsigs.smugmug.com/Other/Things-that-go-BANG/Jesse-Cooper-Range-2/1172465094_Fk2YM-L.jpg

guyfromohio
February 5, 2012, 04:55 PM
The only choices at the LGS were a Chipmunk, a Cricket, and the Thompson Center. That CZ has had great reviews.

Dentite
February 5, 2012, 10:33 PM
Dentite, could you tell us the length of pull on that little Cub? And does it have peep sights? Thanks!


Sleezyrider,

The length of pull is 12". It does have peep sights. For my four year old son I actually unscrew the peep insert leaving the large round hole for him to use. Easier to pick up the target that way. Eventually he'll be able to use the peep with the insert in.

The wood is laminate but stained a uniform brown color (not contrast stained laminate if that makes sense).

Hope that helps.

d2wing
February 5, 2012, 11:29 PM
Gander mountain had Remington youth single shots, I think they were model 514 for $99.
They are a rebranded Marlin as I recall. I liked them better than the Cricket or Henry as they bolt cocked rather than pulling back a knob and were a little more substanial.

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