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Good first .22 for my son

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by unionguy, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    I took my son out last weekend to shoot for the first time and my Ruger 10/22 was a little too heavy for him. What advice do folks have for a good youth
    .22 for an 8-yr old? I'd prefer NOT to get a single-shot.
    thanks
     
  2. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    CZ 452 Scout
     
  3. jimboshooter

    jimboshooter West Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    I would recomend, and have, a Cricket from Keystone Firearms. I got mine at PDX gun show from Keiths, but have found it cheaper at Walmart.

    http://www.crickett.com is their web site.

    Depending on the model - stainless, etc. They can run from a little over $100 to about $200.

    They come with either an integrated lock or no lock and you use a trigger lock. I bought one with out a lock and sent Keystone an e-mail. They said they would swap me a new stock with the integrated lock. All I had to do was ship the stock. No additional cost. They give great customer service at KeyStone (not Keiths). I did not ship it. They actually called me a few weeks later to see if I was sure about my decision and let me know the offer was still open. Great service.

    The gun is just the right size for a child to learn on. It is a bolt gun and a great way to learn. You can add a scope to the rail if you want. However, it is a single shot and you did mention not wanting a single shot. But, I though I would at least mention it. We like it a lot.

    Check out a great review by Nutnfancy at YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9MZ0EperE
     
  4. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    go with a 10/22
    you can make them vary light
    and he will never grow out of it
     
  5. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    you can also find an old remington single shot bolt action .22, probably for less than $100 if you look.
    They are simple to clean and operate, there's no magazine to fool with, and you could cut the stock down to fit him exactly without chopping up an heirloom.
     
  6. ron22250

    ron22250 Newberg Member

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    An inexpensive synthetic stock for your 10/22 might lighten it up enough.
     
  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The little Henry 22 lever action. My mom has the same problem as your kid. She is a "little old lady" at 5'1" and being 76 and all, she has no real upper body strength. She likes it. Made in USA and not very expensive.

    To you dudes saying he should lighten up his 10/22...
    You're probably right bout that, but c'mon! This guys got a perfectly good excuse to buy another gun and you're trying to talk him out of it?!?!?!?:bluelaugh:
     
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  8. ron22250

    ron22250 Newberg Member

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    What was I thinking :huh:
    Sorry about that ! Unionguy, you need a new gun !!!!!!
     
  9. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    I have a Mossberg Plinkster for my boys. Very light and small. Shoots better than I expected. They have with a 10 shot mag in either bolt or semi auto.
     
  10. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    You have the cricket .22 single shot bolt action... The Rossi three in one single shot break with .22, .243, and 20ga barrels with very nice high viz fiber optic sights. I think though I'd go with the ruger 10/22 and make the kid wait until he or she is old enough to hold it. The others will get to small all to quick. Remember how fast clothes become to small? I'd buy a handfull of the butler creek mags too before they cost to much to let a kid use.
     
  11. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    Ruger sells a youth sized 10/22 called the CRR. It has a youth sized stock, and I believe a 16" barrel. This model would be lighter, and a better fit for him. Once your little guy gets older/outgrows the stock, you can replace it with a adult sized stock, and possibly replace the barrel with an aftermarket one. I did this for my nephew when he was about 8, and it fit him perfectly, and wasn't too heavy for him. Once he outgrew the youth sized stock, we bought him a nice thumbhole stock he thought looked neat. I had also purchased several other aftermarket parts so we could 'hot rod' his little 10/22. We made a day of it and upgraded his little peashooter, and now he has a really nice little 10/22. It was a great bonding experience for both of us.

    Good luck with whatever rifle you choose to purchase. Any time shooting with your kids is time well spent.

    YMMV
     
  12. littlecars

    littlecars tacoma wa Member

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    I second the mossberg plinkster. It is a O.K. gun. only about $120-$130, very very light, a semi auto. shoots good for what it is.
     
  13. smonk

    smonk Oregon Member

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    Stick with the 10-22 - You can accessorize them endlessly with everything from a carbon fiber barrel to a gazillion different stocks and It's a Ruger - He can use it all his life and he won't be small for long...................
     
  14. VinnieBoomBah

    VinnieBoomBah Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    This! Gt one for my daughter and it's a great little gun. :thumbup:
     
  15. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    i was in no way saying to lighten his 10/22

    the boy needs his own or 2 even :)
     
  16. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    So with this welth of information are you just as torn or even more so about what your going to get for the kid? What's the verdict?
     
  17. powermad

    powermad Portland Active Member

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    I have a Marlin Papoose, Great little .22
    Compact, light and accurate.
     
  18. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Member

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    Counter to the advice of some others, I'd save the 10/22 or any semi-auto until Junior is older, and already a good shooter. IMHO kids learn better with a single shot or a bolt action. When you only have one shot, you learn to make that one shot count.
    $.02
     
  19. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    to counter the post directly above this one, a semi-auto can be loaded with just one round in the magazine if need be. You don't always have to load the magazine full capacity. With proper supervision, almost any 8 year old can learn to shoot safely with a semi-auto .22 rifle.
     
  20. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I tired putting a single bullet into the chamber on my Marlin 795 last week, and it was nearly impossible, but you mean put one in the mag right? Heck, a single shot bolt would be easier.

    That 795 has been pretty good, cheap, shoots everything and it is very light, like 4 pounds, and I think they still have a $20 rebate.