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  1. choc dogs

    choc dogs Senior Refuge Member

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    Anybody ever held the escort youth guns? The kid is old enough,wants to go, and passed hunters safety, so I'm in the market. I haven't found anyone in the boise area that has one, but can get one shipped here at a reasonable price, just hate to buy sight unseen. Failing that, I've got a backup plan, just wondered.
     
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    seal Elite Refuge Member

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    I did when my kid started out. My assessment...........garbage. Bought her a 20ga. Remington 1100 instead and cut the stock a bit. She loved it. Shot it 3 or 4 trips. My son used it a couple of times but preferred the 12 ga. Winchester 1300 w/ 3" shells:doh
     
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    grantidaho Elite Refuge Member

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    I had trouble with a Beretta semi-auto not working right. I can only imagine the trouble one would have with a bargin brand semi.

    I am not sure about letting a 8-10 year old loose with a semi-auto. I was just looking at the Mossberg super bantam pump. But I worry about recoil.
     
  4. choc dogs

    choc dogs Senior Refuge Member

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    thanks, folks. I'm thinking pump, and feeding him one shell at a time, till I'm sure. I mostly shoot a 20 gauge, so I can carry just one size shells. I've never held the escort, and can't find anyone in town that has one in stock. so was just hoping. 870 it will be.
     
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    IFSteve Elite Refuge Member

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    Winchester SX3 20 guage. :tu
     
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    Started my daughter out at 7 with a rossi .410 youth single shot. At 8 she was proficient enough with it to drop multiple doves out of the same group. This year she has graduated to the mossberg bantam pump 20
     
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    Jaxson Senior Refuge Member

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    probably a really good call choc dogs, my only experiences with escorts happened with a kid last year in Canada 20 ga youth semi, more time was spent working on the gun then hunting over it, finally had to just put it away.
     
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    I have autoloaders for my sons... 11 and 9. Both are big boys. I am not a big fan of autoloaders but they make a world of difference when it comes to recoil especially with 3 inch duck loads. (20 gauge).

    that being said, .. the 870 is a great gun for the money if you are on a budget because I don't think you want to buy a cheap autoloader.

    I tried the one shell thing too... but with a twenty gauge and ducks? There were a number of times, he put a good shot on one and needed a second to help it down. So we ended up putting two in after a while.

    Its a blast with the kids though.. you are sure to have a lot of fun this year!.
     
  9. choc dogs

    choc dogs Senior Refuge Member

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    I've got a child who's small for his age, and am indeed on a budget. I looked at the mossberg, but the one he held best, and shouldered most naturally was the 870. Jaeger, I'm sure I'm with you, a single shell to start, and make sure that in the excitement of actually hunting he follows the rules we've been making him follow at the range for the last several years, and when I see that, I'll increase the shells. Thanks everyone for the input, it confirmed what I thought. I guess I could do like I did with my older kids, and let him shoot the cut down single shot savage with a full choke, I just don't like the exposed hammer situation for his small hands.
     

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