Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

Old 07-14-2006, 09:19 PM
  #1  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 52
Default WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

i am bring a first time hunter deer hunting. he is 12 years old.
what would be better for them to shoot a 243. or 30-30?


mndeer hunter is offline  
Old 07-14-2006, 09:38 PM
  #2  
Fork Horn
 
2Poppa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Independence, Kentucky
Posts: 273
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

Before shooting any of those guns try him out on a .22. See if he can hit the target at a hundred yards and slowly move it back.

If he continues to progress put him on the .243. If not the 30-30 is probably the one. Let him choose the correct one buy his proficientcy...
2Poppa is offline  
Old 07-14-2006, 09:52 PM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
elgallo114's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Sierra Nevadas., Ca
Posts: 1,050
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

I'm assuming he's already proficiant at shooting at the range?

If so, I don't really think it matters. A 30-30 lever gun might be more fun for him, but my own son is much better with a bolt gun. They tend to take the rifle out of shoulder placement when working a lever action.
elgallo114 is offline  
Old 07-14-2006, 10:11 PM
  #4  
Boone & Crockett
 
Lanse couche couche's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Southwest Ohio
Posts: 10,277
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

I will defer to others who are more experienced with deer hunting with centerfire rifles, but it seems to me that the decision would be based on where you plan to hunt. If its woodland where shots may be measured in feet instead of yards, I would think a 30-30 with open sights would be best. If its gonna be open terrain, then wouldn't a scoped 243 be better?
Lanse couche couche is offline  
Old 07-14-2006, 11:54 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Kansas
Posts: 174
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

when i was tweleve all i got to carry was a bag of cheetos... but hmm
bpjeep is offline  
Old 07-15-2006, 12:03 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 633
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

Depends on what you are going for, and what he can handle. (assuming it is first time hunter and not first time shooter) My first deer rifle wasa Marlin lever in 44mag, only because it was what my father could afford that year. The next year it was a 6mm Rem that he borrowed (and had to buy since I got my first buck with it) But since I was 10 I had been shooting his M14 and Garand for target and could handle anything under heavy magnums so I had also used his and my brothers rifles as well. My rifles were more a case of what I could handle carrying and lugging up the mountain and into the stand, not the caliber of the weapon.
But what your answer comes down to is what he can handle himself.

Ideally, if you had, or could borrow, both rifles and have him try some shooting from each, you could see what is best for him right now and go with that.
wayomic is offline  
Old 07-15-2006, 02:22 AM
  #7  
Boone & Crockett
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location:
Posts: 15,452
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

When I was 9 my dad shoved a 8 MM in my arms.Said if I come home without a deer I get my butt beat. He gave me one bullit. I came home empty handed and got gun butt beat over the head.
cardeer is offline  
Old 07-15-2006, 02:27 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 633
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

Ouch!

Mine figured if I didn't get my animal, HE didn't teach me well enough.
(of course "teach" is subjective. I used to have to play "hound dog" when I was first hunting with him. ie "you go over there and walk back and forth thru all of that brush and try to flush any rabbits over toward us","go run up and get my birds for me")
wayomic is offline  
Old 07-15-2006, 07:13 AM
  #9  
Boone & Crockett
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Ponce de Leon Florida USA
Posts: 10,079
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

I would go with a youth model .243. Very dependable and fun to shoot. Just be sure that you get a rifle that is sized to the size of the hunter.
timbercruiser is offline  
Old 07-15-2006, 09:13 AM
  #10  
Nontypical Buck
 
Windwalker7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location:
Posts: 2,621
Default RE: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER

Both are good deer cartridges.

For a beginner, I think a bolt action .243 would safer. I think kids may have more trouble letting the hammer down,on a 30.30,after loading up or not getting a shot. That hammer could slip out from under their small thumb, causing an accident.

I also think that some kids may have more trouble working the lever as opposed to a bolt.
Windwalker7 is offline  

Quick Reply: WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR FIRST TIME HUNTER


Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.