SaltyCajun.com http://www.geaux-outdoors.com/

Notices

Go Back   SaltyCajun.com > Hunting, Boating, and General Outdoor Talk > Hunting Discussion

Hunting Discussion Discuss anything related to hunting here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-14-2015, 06:11 AM
Shawn Braquet's Avatar
Shawn Braquet Shawn Braquet is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 3,241
Cash: 4,601
Default What age did your lil ones start shooting shotguns?

Also what kind of gun would one suggest starting them on? First thoughts would be a single shot 410 obviously but with today's technologies with semis is there a light low recoil youth model 20 gauge out there so I don't spend a small fortune on shells not to mention the lack of availability.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-14-2015, 06:35 AM
jlincecum's Avatar
jlincecum jlincecum is offline
Red Snapper
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Sulphur, LA
Posts: 2,206
Cash: 2,584
Default

Shawn, I have a youth 20 you can try out to see if that would be the route you want
__________________
TEAM YELLOWMOUTH BAITS
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-14-2015, 06:41 AM
jchief's Avatar
jchief jchief is offline
Calcasieu Extreme Rods
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Carlyss, America
Posts: 10,371
Cash: 12,012
Default

We bought Monica a 410 pump for Christmas last year you can try also.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-14-2015, 06:55 AM
bearwash87's Avatar
bearwash87 bearwash87 is offline
Trophy Trout
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: South of Sabine Rigs
Posts: 370
Cash: 1,058
Default

I have a youth model 20g 1187 that is really nice and low recoil is pretty low
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:04 AM
Shawn Braquet's Avatar
Shawn Braquet Shawn Braquet is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 3,241
Cash: 4,601
Default

Josh does your son shoot it now?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:08 AM
Shawn Braquet's Avatar
Shawn Braquet Shawn Braquet is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 3,241
Cash: 4,601
Default

Really hoping to go 20 gauge and not have to hunt down 410 shells. Since we've been dove hunting the last 2 weekends my 6 year old wants to kill some. I was going to let him shoot them off the ground but not sure he can handle a shotgun and more less curious when others let their kids shoot. I would only put 1 she'll in the 20 gauge if I went that route by the way.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:28 AM
C-Bass2mouth's Avatar
C-Bass2mouth C-Bass2mouth is offline
Tripletail
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Leesville
Posts: 891
Cash: 1,793
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawn Braquet View Post
Really hoping to go 20 gauge and not have to hunt down 410 shells. Since we've been dove hunting the last 2 weekends my 6 year old wants to kill some. I was going to let him shoot them off the ground but not sure he can handle a shotgun and more less curious when others let their kids shoot. I would only put 1 she'll in the 20 gauge if I went that route by the way.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
I remember my little brother shooting a youth model 870 20ga when he was younger. He would always have problems short shifting it and couldn't hold it steady with his left hand up on the pump, so he would put the left hand behind the pump in front of the trigger guard. He was probably 8 or so. But if you're just putting 1 shell in and have something for him to prop up on roll with it. As long as he doesn't complain about the kick or anything. Honestly I think that 870 kicked pretty bad for a 20 lol. Also had to have a few different boxes made for different blinds so he could stand on to see.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:47 AM
bmacha's Avatar
bmacha bmacha is offline
Redfish
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Breaux Bridge
Posts: 122
Cash: 1,489
Default

I have two kids that are still in the training stages. My daughter who suddenly took an interest two years ago is 10 now. She's in her second season of learning to shoot; after the way she handled the gun and herself this past weekend she will be allowed to shoot more frequently.

My son is 7 now but started with a BB gun at 5. He is really good with the safety aspect and is still in the "safety training" stages with me. He was allowed to shoot cripples this past weekend on the water. I find though he still to young to just hand the gun too and trust for his and everyone else's safety.
They are both shooting a crack barrel 410 #4-shot. The shells are pricey and difficult to find but I think a 20ga would be too much. Overall in my opinion after what I am learning somewhere around age 8 for me would be a safe bet, but that's just my kids.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:47 AM
B-Stealth B-Stealth is offline
Red Snapper
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 1,382
Cash: 1,211
Default

Shawn I'm going to have my six year old start shooting a little bit this year; I think I'm going to bring the crack barrel 410, and Remington 1187 28 gauge and have him shoot both and see how he handles them.

If price was not an issue I think a 28gauge over and under would be a good safe set up for a kid.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-14-2015, 07:55 AM
Duck Butter's Avatar
Duck Butter Duck Butter is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: South Central La
Posts: 3,903
Cash: 2,967
Default

All depends on the kid. Don't rush them. Let them shoot a bb gun first and get good with the safety aspect. Mine turns six soon and we take him to the woods with us when we go and let him bring his bb gun to learn safety.

Have a friend who got his child a .243 last year at age 5 and kids first experience with a gun was pulling the trigger one time while sighting it in on a lead sled. Daddy thought he was ready to go hunting after that so they went out and a deer came to the corn feeder which was over 100 yards away. Gun kicked him pretty good and he gut shot the deer and couldn't find it. Kid wants no part of a gun right now. Not a good first experience, hopefully he will rebound. Take your time, some are ready at 6, some are ready at 12
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-14-2015, 08:31 AM
Armand16's Avatar
Armand16 Armand16 is offline
King Mackeral
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Lafayette
Posts: 2,600
Cash: 4,357
Default What age did your lil ones start shooting shotguns?

Started mine at 6 with a Rossi 410 crack barrel. That gun is extremely small but kicked like a mule, probably harder than my 12 ga, and was very loud. Since it wasn't fun to shoot he hated practicing, which as others said is important for understanding safety. But now with two years of shooting a 410 under his belt he's handling a 20ga 1100 very well. If I could go back I would have waited another year and started at 7.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Last edited by Armand16; 09-14-2015 at 08:44 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-14-2015, 09:28 AM
Nickt87's Avatar
Nickt87 Nickt87 is offline
Tripletail
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: lake charles, la
Posts: 515
Cash: 820
Default

Started shooting a .410 single shot at 6, moved to a 20 gauge single shot at 8, blew the barrel off it last day of that season. Dad bought me a Remington 1100 12 gauge to shoot from 9 till forever, was like holding a cannon at that age but I was crumpling em.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-14-2015, 10:49 AM
Shawn Braquet's Avatar
Shawn Braquet Shawn Braquet is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 3,241
Cash: 4,601
Default

My single shoot 410 kicks hard which is why I was considering a semi 20, my thinking is the semi would be less kick than the 410 but bulkier to handle. As far as not rushing it, he's asking to shoot not me pushing him. He's been shooting a bb gun for 3 years now and is safer than some adults I've seen. If I let him shoot this year it'll be a very controlled environment and the gun won't be loaded until he is setup and ready. No moving targets obviously.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-14-2015, 11:02 AM
redaddiction's Avatar
redaddiction redaddiction is offline
Red Snapper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lafayette
Posts: 1,458
Cash: 2,290
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawn Braquet View Post
My single shoot 410 kicks hard which is why I was considering a semi 20, my thinking is the semi would be less kick than the 410 but bulkier to handle. As far as not rushing it, he's asking to shoot not me pushing him. He's been shooting a bb gun for 3 years now and is safer than some adults I've seen. If I let him shoot this year it'll be a very controlled environment and the gun won't be loaded until he is setup and ready. No moving targets obviously.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk

If you get him a semi auto, continue using one shell at a time. Like a single shot until he gets used to proper fun safety. Especially in a duck blind. Kids can forget then have more shots remaining sometimes.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-14-2015, 11:12 AM
Shawn Braquet's Avatar
Shawn Braquet Shawn Braquet is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lake Charles
Posts: 3,241
Cash: 4,601
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by redaddiction View Post
If you get him a semi auto, continue using one shell at a time. Like a single shot until he gets used to proper fun safety. Especially in a duck blind. Kids can forget then have more shots remaining sometimes.
Yes that's been the plan the whole time.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 09-14-2015, 11:21 AM
Reefman's Avatar
Reefman Reefman is online now
Tripletail
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: lafayette
Posts: 953
Cash: 2,942
Default

Most single shot 410s kick more than an auto 20g with the lightest load you can find. Started my son at 7 with 20g one shell at a time.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 09-14-2015, 12:11 PM
fun w son's Avatar
fun w son fun w son is offline
Tripletail
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: houma, LA
Posts: 855
Cash: 812
Default

mine started with a 410 crack at age 10
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 09-14-2015, 02:59 PM
Ed32's Avatar
Ed32 Ed32 is offline
Redfish
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Scott LA
Posts: 242
Cash: 643
Default

I've started mine on a 20 guage semi. the brand i bought is tristar. i got it at g &h and it was cheap. i've been very impressed with the gun. shoots well with little recoil.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 09-14-2015, 03:11 PM
PaulMyers's Avatar
PaulMyers PaulMyers is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Moss Bluff, LA
Posts: 10,057
Cash: 17,182
Default

Jayden is shooting a Remmington 1100 Lt20 and loves it. Tried an 870 youth last year and it kicked way to much for her.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-14-2015, 03:31 PM
Duck Butter's Avatar
Duck Butter Duck Butter is offline
Ling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: South Central La
Posts: 3,903
Cash: 2,967
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reefman View Post
Most single shot 410s kick more than an auto 20g with the lightest load you can find. Started my son at 7 with 20g one shell at a time.
true that. The newer model automatics are pretty low on recoil. Do they make a semi auto .410?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:18 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - [ARG:3 UNDEFINED], Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vB.Sponsors
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007 - 2008, PixelFX Studios
SaltyCajun.com logo provided by Bryce Risher

All content, images, designs, and logos are Copyright © 2009-2012,
Salty Cajun, LLC
No unathorized use is permitted
Geo Visitors Map