Youth shotguns

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  1. bulldogeverett

    bulldogeverett Senior Refuge Member

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    This last weekend at a youth hunt, I guided a couple hunters. One youth was shooting a brand new Remington 20 ga pump. He had all sorts of issues with it in the blind. Jamming misfiring etc I checked it out and was very disappointed. I thought it was the cheapest gun I'd ever seen!!

    So, with that in mind, Santa is bringing my 8 yo a youth shotgun this year and it won't be a Remington. I want a quality gun that will grow with him - has adjustable stock etc. And when he outgrows it, there are 3 more behind him who will be using it, so it needs to last.

    I welcome any and all recommendations for youth shotguns.
     
  2. rism

    rism Elite Refuge Member

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    Hey Bulldog - Do you remember what model that gun was / Just wondering. Does Remington make a cheap version of the 870 for youths ? I have two grandsons that used an 870 w/ the shorter stock and 24" barrel. Never had any problems w/ it for 6 or 7 yrs. Still have it waiting for the next one to come of age. Did they change something ?? Thanks
     
  3. Gecko

    Gecko Senior Refuge Member

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    I've been asking around and called Pressley's last week what they are seeing. The Escort line is becoming more popular and they said they have been very pleased with their performance as have their customers. I bought a Mossberg bantam for my son 7 or 8 years ago and now my youngest is using it...it has performed very well, but now I'm going to get the Escort because I can get in a semi. Best of luck.
     
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    Duckjunkie194 Elite Refuge Member

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    My older son started with the mossberg youth 20ga. It has a piece to add to the rear of the stock as he grows. Its now a goose killing machine in the hands of my 12 yr old. I'll be looking for a youth to pass it on to in a few years when he outgrows it. 2nd kid using this gun and have had no problems.
     
  5. Gadwall King

    Gadwall King Senior Refuge Member

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    No doubt a Mossberg Bantam 20 gauge pump is the way to go. My son is 10 and has been shooting it for two years.
     
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    My oldest son inherited the 20ga A-5 my father gave me. 40 years later it still runs like a clock! My younger son has to shoot left handed. Even though I am not a fan of starting a child with pump, I purchased a 20ga Browning BPS for him. The gun ran great, until he allowed the chamber to rust up after a sea duck hunt. Now the chamber requires constant maintenance, otherwise the gun will hang up.

    My daughters are currently sharing a youth Remington 1187 20ga. It runs great and transitions smoothly from dove to waterfowl loads, but it is quite heavy. The good news is that the weight mitigates some recoil.

    I have two 20ga youth Remington 870s that were loaned to me as starters. They are both third go around beginner guns and they ran flawlessly for the brief period we used them.

    IMHO, few brand new things are as good as their predecessors. I'd be sure to take a good survey of friends, family, and local used gun racks before I purchased a new beginners gun.
     
  7. techfowl

    techfowl Elite Refuge Member

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    Check out the Mossberg SA-20 youth bantam gas auto.
     
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    jamesvc15 Elite Refuge Member

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    my daughter has a charles dailey 20...lifetime warranty, well built never any problems....great price

    My son shot s 870 20ga for 8 years with no problems, but the newer ones suck so buy one at least 10 years old.
     
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    I started my two boys (11 & 15) with the Mossberg Bantam 20ga and could not have been happier. The only thing I replaced/issue was the factory safety. Purchased a new oversized safety from Brownell's and all problems solved. Great gun. The 15yr old now shoots a Franchi affinity compact which has performed perfectly but a little pricey.
     
  10. bulldogeverett

    bulldogeverett Senior Refuge Member

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    I wish I would have looked it over closer. I didn't get the model, but it was brand new. Even the wood stock and forearm felt chincy! I just knew it was a Remington and knew after watching the kid struggle and holding it in my hands I wouldn't be getting one.
     

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