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need to pick a companion rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by s&w 24, Feb 24, 2007.

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  1. s&w 24

    s&w 24 Member

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    my little niece and nephew are getting in to shooting a little and between Grandpa and I they have a 20 ga youth 870, a win 37 in .410 and a savage 325 in 30-30 on the way. There also getting a 22 lr to supliment there Dad's marlin mod 60 but I think they need one more budget priced rifle.

    First thoughts were on a 222 rem chambered savage 325 but I don't know were my non reloader brother-in-law would get ammo. Then there is the 22 hornet savage 325. a great little cartrige and a little more poop than a 22 lr
    but do the sav 325's shoot well in 22 hornet. Any other ideas? I'm not getting them AR-15's yet that will come about when there 16 or so no pistols or sks's either they just don't fit with the little kids needs at the moment.
     
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Ideas - from 222 Rem step up to 223 Rem or 243 Win.
    Savage model 10 youth rifle in 243 would let them shoot targets and still be suitable for deer & varmint hunting. 223 is viable for the small deer in Ga, but probably not for the big boys up there in MN. Otherwise .223 is an easy to get caliber, and it's inexpensive. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/672/products_id/78519
    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/672/products_id/78518

    Also a CZ-527 carbine if you want to get them something a bit nicer. Neat little bolt action rifle with detachable mags & iron sights, available in 223 and 7.62x39.
    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_63/products_id/32400
     
  3. jakk280rem

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    i'll second the motion for a 243 win. you can get a rem710 youth w/ scope for under 400 bucks. i dont know how little they are, but it would be enough rifle for many years to come. also the 243 is capable of taking a wide variety of game.
     
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    you would be hard pressed to do find somthing better than a 243 IMO...

    Mebbe a Stevens 200 or a Savage package rifle with the scope....Mossberg ATR even...



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  5. s&w 24

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    they are 8 and 10. First deer hunting trip will be at 12. I'm also thinking A low noise cartrige. 243 may bark a bit too much. Also with 222 and 22 hornet it's good for racoons in the barn or possum. I'd go with 223 but I'm not aware of any good reduced velocity loads or lead bullet loads.

    The 30-30 there getting will cover deer, just need something larger than
    22 lr and smaller than a deer rifle cartrige.
     
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    companion rifle.

    thats a tall order. how about a thompson/center contender g2. it has swappable pistol and rifle barrels in 17 and 22 rim fire and centerfire in 204 ruger 223rem 6.8 rem and the good deer medicine 7-30 waters. it is also available in 410, good rabbit gun. its a little spendier that some of the othe suggestions (mossbg atr, rem 710, stevens, and savage) but is a super high quality rifle that would easily be passed down from gen to gen. also as a break open single shot, its easy to learn on and would teach them patience to wait for the perfect shot.
     
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    I'm getting a CZ 527 in 7.62 here shortly. I simply fell in love with the thing at a gunshow and had to get one. Small, fast handling and you can either hunt with it or just plink cheaply at the range. Haven't fired it yet, but I understand the recoil is pretty light.
     
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    22 magnum maybe.More oomph than 22lr, still fairly quiet, no recoil, ammo isnt hard to find and is reasonably priced, more range and flatter shooting than 22lr, and is fun to shoot too (at least I enjoy mine).just a thought...
     
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    I may go 223 after all. NEF is coming out with a 22lr/17hmr/223 set. between 223 and 17 hmr that should be enough to play with. Besides the in laws live in Wisconsin I'll just twist my brother in law's arm to get a suppresor!
     
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