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Youth Shotgun Recommendations

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Tamren, Sep 4, 2008.

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  1. Tamren

    Tamren Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    A couple months ago I had the privilege of teaching my girlfriend's 14 year old half-brother the basics of using a shotgun on my Mossberg 590. It was really neat to take someone out shooting for the first time.

    Her father, 30 year old full brother, myself, and the her half-brother spent most of an afternoon on a family farm protecting the field from invading skeet :D

    Ironically, out of all of us, the young-in got killed more skeet then the other three of us combined despite the fact my mossy was way way too big for him AND he'd never fired a gun outside a video game in his life :eek:

    Anyways, my almost certainly future father in law is looking at buying a shotgun for his son, and will be calling me soon for suggestions. I'm guessing that this will be mostly a skeet gun, with the possibility of being taken out hunting. Any recommendations would be most welcome. :)
  2. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Oregon Coast
    Remington makes an excellent Youth Model 870 in 20 ga. My brother-in-law bought one for my niece and she really likes it.

    Hope this helps.

  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Remington 870 Express Youth is a great choice. The now standard R3 recoil pad (Sims Limbsaver) is a great added feature. Watch for rebates soon - big green runs them every fall.
  4. Len S

    Len S Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    my 9 yo is a lefty, I got him the mossy bantam because of the tang mounted safety. He loves it,he is averaging 60 % at the trap range, the DNR has fields that you can bring your own trap. I got tired before he did. I figured the first time out he would shoot 25 rounds or so but he went through 100. I made him quit when the barrel started to shake. He was not happy but he stopped. The second time he went through 125. We take turns, there is usually 4 of us but I still found it hard to believe his determination.

    Len S
  5. Smitty in CT

    Smitty in CT Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Moodus, CT
    Mossberg International SA-20 Bantam

    The autoloader has less felt recoil than the pumps


    SA-20 Bantam is on the top for a size comparison....
  6. 8040Cougar

    8040Cougar Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    Nazareth PA
    I would reccomend either an 870 youth 20 gauge or a browning bps youth. I own the browning and have handled and shot the remmie, and they are quite similar. My bps has the edge in O/A quality and fit and finish in my opinion, but the remmie and its matte finish will probably be eaiser to maintain for a young shooter, not to mention I wouldnt be as afraid to lug the remmie through the brush as I would my precious flawless browning:D Seriously though, get whatever he prefers the feel of or is cheaper. I would say 16 Ga. or smaller though, 12's can be a tad much for a lightweight
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