What is the best deer hunting rifle for a 14 year old?

by John Eaglesmith

I want a Remington or a Winchester or a Browning.
Thank you so much!

The best I honestly believe is a Remington 700 bolt action in a 243 caliber. You don’t have much recoil at all out of the 243 and yes a 243 will harvest deer. You just have to place your shot accordingly. Zero in the rifle and get use to it.

This is how I trained my two boys to hunt. Knowing your game and where to place your shot for a good, clean and ethical harvest.

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wvhunter129 March 19, 2010 at 1:56 am

The best I honestly believe is a Remington 700 bolt action in a 243 caliber. You don’t have much recoil at all out of the 243 and yes a 243 will harvest deer. You just have to place your shot accordingly. Zero in the rifle and get use to it.

This is how I trained my two boys to hunt. Knowing your game and where to place your shot for a good, clean and ethical harvest.
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roadhunter March 19, 2010 at 2:19 am

Bolt action Remington, Savage, or Browning in a .243. Winchester no longer makes quality guns. That’s based solely on my personal experience with them since they quit making guns in the USA a long time ago. Savage’s Accu-Trigger system is gaining a lot of popularity. They make affordable, highly accurate rifles.
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the most blessed ken March 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

I’ve been selling guns at gun shows for about ten years, so I’ll do my best to help you. It depends one the person. I would go with something in .243 or 6m/m for most young folks. The Winchester model 70 is a great weapon. Beyond those brands Savage model 110 is nice and the price on a good used rifle is quite reasonable. Savage also seem to have lower recoil due in part to the placement of the action in the stock. Any of these can be had in stainless steel with synthetic stocks. I use an AR15 for hunting and have found it to be very effective on deer size game. Hope that helps.
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Master March 19, 2010 at 3:28 am

Bolt action rifle in .243 Winchester caliber with three position safety on the bolt.

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SM March 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

Max, over the past 25 plus years that I’ve been customizing firearms I’ve recommended the following as a first time youth rifle. Get a 243 caliber rifle and decent optics. Model and cost is a personal choice on your behalf. I would include your child as this is going to be something they will use for years to come. If the stock is too long I suggest getting a second stock and cutting it to fit. This does a couple of things for you. If you ever decide to sell the rifle you can put the original stock on it and keep the price up. Second as your hunter grows you have the a full size stock on hand to put back on when needed. I have had some people bring me youth models into my shop and want a full size stock put on. The cost of fitting one versus having cut one down to start with is defiantly higher. Just some food for thought on getting a first rifle for your new hunter.
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Cheddar C March 19, 2010 at 4:42 am

A Remington 700 in .243 or 7mm08
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stormgale89 March 19, 2010 at 5:28 am

a remington 700 in 243 winchester or 308 winchester would be good, the 243 has low recoil and has enough punch to take animals up to deer at up to 300 yards, while the .308 is better for longer ranges, up to 800 yards, more energy.
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John de Witt March 19, 2010 at 5:40 am

Your age has very little to do with it, except that I’d recommend you stay away from the 243 everybody else seems to be suggesting. It’s a bit harder to hunt with that caliber than something a bit bigger, so I’d suggest middle-of-the-road deer calibers like 6.5×55, 260 Remington, 7×57 Mauser or 7mm08. All are easy to shoot and perform much better than miniatures like 243 Winchester and 6mm Remington.
The rifle will depend on what kind of hunting you do. If you hunt primarily from a stand, the Remington M700BDL or CDL is hard to beat. If you’re doing more still hunting, Remington’s M700Mtn or M7, or Browning’s Micro Hunter might suit you better.
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cbtsm March 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

a 30.06. yeah, hes 14, most kids cant handle a a 30.06 that young. but i started huntin with one when i was bout 10. if ya use a small caliber rifle, less knock down you’ll have. and if its a unexperianced hunter, chances are ya wont knock it down. but a 30.06 with a 150 grain bullet, that’ll do the job just fine. and they make less recoil ammo. i think remington makes it. but i would go with a 30.06
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M.P.M March 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

I believe they are all great guns. I own a Browning A-Bolt stainless stalker which i love, I have a winchester model 70 sporter which is also great and i have a remington model 700.

It just depends on what gun feels the best. Caliber wise i would suggest a 243. win or a 270.win.

another gun which is great is a 30-30 marlin. Its excellent for your age
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falconry2 March 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

Age isn’t as much the issue as height and weight. My 11 year old is 4’9" and about 85 pounds and loves his .243 Winchester. He is shooting handloads with 95 grain bonded bullets. These are full power loads and not reduced recoil and his first shot reaction was "That was cool". He can shoot 10 or more shots and just be a little sore next day. He has shot my 30-06 but that is too much for him to be comfortable with.

I bought my first 30-06 when I was 14 and never had any problems shooting it, but I’m not recoil sensitive. Teaching good shooting technique is key to that. So, you have to access the youth’s abilities and comfort level with shooting,the physical size of the child and the possible size of them as adults. If it’s a good size boy you can get a larger caliber that they can own forever, if it’s someone like my son then the .243 WITH THE RIGHT BULLETS is great for deer.

So calibers can range from .243 or other .308 based cartridges, to .25-06,.270 or 30-06. 6.5 x 55 or 7mm Mausers are wonderful low recoil cartridges, so even a .257 Roberts is a great deer caliber.

As for the actual gun to purchase, I like the Tikka T3. I own Browning A-Bolts and I can honestly say my next gun purchase would be a Tikka. It has great looks, one of the best out of box accuracy reputations,solid receiver design with a small ejection port and a 60 degree bolt throw. It also has the best removable clip on the market.Another positive is it comes with integral scope bases and proprietary rings that are great.
The Tikka makes most other guns in the $500 price range feel clunky.
So, you get everything I look for in a Browning at 70% of the price.
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Hank G March 19, 2010 at 6:17 am

Tikka T3, dont know about the caliber, if your a average size or bigger 14 year old you will be able to handle most calibers.
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..sarah.. March 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

I would recommend a Remington or a Weatherby
I own a 243 bolt action Remington and my boyfriend owns a 243 bolt acton Weatherby- we’ve never had problems with our guns either

I would say for you to get a 243 or a 308 because the recoil is less also, I’m 18 and 5′ 1 and I strongly believe that you’d be able to handle the recoil from either two calibers.

here’s some other tips too-
make sure the gun is fitted properly to you- you may need to get a gun smith to fit it for you but this is a good rule of thumb that my shotgun coach taught me:
hold the butt of the gun where your elbow bends, and if you can easily reach the trigger with your tigger finger then the gun fits you properly.
if your trigger finger is over the trigger a lot, then the gun is too small for you and you can get it lengthened.
if your trigger finger doesn’t reach the trigger or you have to strain to reach it, then the gun is too big, and you can get it shortened.
also for help with recoil (this goes for any one not just people who are recoil sensitive)- but hold the butt of the gun tight to your shoulder, the "looser" you hold the gun, the more the recoil will be- after shooting for a while, you’ll find your "sweet spot", thats what i call it, it’s the pocket area in your shoulder, the butt of the gun fits perfect there and its the best place to have the gun butt at, and its exactly where the butt of the gun will be when you mount the gun

also, a wooden stock will absorb more recoil than a synthetic (plastic) one will, so, if your recoil ‘shy’ any, that would suit you best but if your going to be doing a lot of walking while hunting, then a synthetic stock will be the best choice because they are lighter than a wooden stock

i recommend either a Remington, Weatherby or even a Winchester
all 3 are really good guns
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John C March 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

I am 14 years old and i shoot a 7 mag. I love it. But it is harder to sight in than most of the other guns. It will definitly get the job done.
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Wyatt March 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

Max, you have received a lot of good advice here. I’lll just toss in my 2 cents worth. I like the Browning a lot. The Browning with BOSS shoots excellent almost regardless of ammo. The barrel can be tuned to shoot whatever weight bullet you want to use. This being said the muzzle brake version of the boss tames the recoil of my 30-06 down to the level of a 243 or less. Understand that the reduced recoil does come at a price of an enormous increase in muzzle blast being directed back towards the shooter. This means the rifle will be extremely loud and require ear protection which you should be wearing anyway, unless your hunting. For hunting the BOSS can be changed to the non muzzle brake version so the sound then would be like a normal rifle, but so will the recoil. If you develop good shooting habits before you go hunting then recoil will probably not even be noticed as your adrenaline will be flowing. I like the 30 caliber guns because the bullets and loads can be adjusted to hunt a wide range of animals. This way as you grow you still can use the same gun to hunt larger animals if you so desire. Whatever you decide to get, be safe, practice as often as you can, have respect, and have fun.
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Mr. Squirrel Hunter March 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

a ruger m77 .270 is what i use and im 13 and i love it
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Bob J March 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

270 would be good
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rwlane55 March 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

My granddaughter is 14. She has youth model H&R 243 single shot. Its the perfect size for the age, and can always be easily sold or handed down. They will do the job, she has killed 5 deer with hers in the past 3 years. This year it was a nice 10 point at 140 yards
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sno f March 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

remington 700 spwdm .270 i had a .270 when i was 13. my daughter’s 12 and used .270. if price is problem look at savage 111fcxp3 c/w scope.
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