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from thesquirrelterm... on 07.10.10
now i am 13 110 and i use a youth its like the recoil of a bb gun(nothing) and i would say a regular 12 or 20
I am built like a kid half my age and for targets and small game i use a remington 870 express magnum youth model in 20 gauge. It is not to bad in the kick department. For turkey hunting i use a remington 11-87 special purpose 12 gauge with 3 inch mag loads. when shooting a turkey you will never even feel the kick.
I think that in order to learn to shoot properly that a 20 gauge over and under would teach concentration and focus more that an auto loader. I taught skeet and trap while stationed in Germany in the Air Force and found I got my best results and seemed to build confidence easier that way.
remington 870 20 gauge, i just bouhgt one and it is an incredible gun. They also make an 870 express which is the youth model with a shortened stock and barrel.
I started off with my dads 12 ga. mossberg, started shooting it when i was ten hunted when i was 12, and now it's mine and i never had any problems with it. I'd suggest getting something that you will be happy with and use for everything you want to use it for. You probably don't want to get a 20 and in a year or two decide to upgrade to a 12 if you yourself are paying for it anyway, though that's one way to start a collection. But don't be afraid of recoil you can definitely manage that, I worked at a summer camp a few years back and one of the camps the kids did skeet shooting and went on a pheasant hunt, those kids where in the 12-13 age group and they handled 12's no problem.
I would go with with a 20 gauge but you could probably do just fine with a 12 to. I got my remingtoin 870 20 gauge when i was 13. I am seveteen and i still use that gun for everything (pheasants, rabbits, trapshooting,etc.). The 870 will last you forever and its cheap. Get it in full size though cause soon you would outgrow the youth version.
I would say a regular 500 Mossberg 20 gauge would work, You can also keep using it as you grow. I am on the short side and it works great for me. It retails as WalMart for about $250, the last time I checked.
The Mossberg model 510 Mini Super Bantam pump 20 gauge looks like a winner for smaller sized hunters,with its 1" adjustable lenght of pull its a gun you can grow into.It retails for under $300.
It depends on your build, strength, form, and some people just have what it takes to handle a higher caliber/gauge gun. Ok, I am 13 Years old, I'm about 150 pounds (I am somewhat husky but whatever I can get around) and I hunt with a Benelli SPE II. Which is a 12 gauge. After about 5 shots I start to feel it, with 3 1/2 inchers. I doesn't hurt after that much, but I can feel it. I can run 15 rounds through a 7.62x39 rifle and start to feel it. But you will have to test yourself. But If you can't handle a 12 (and don't let it scare you it's just a number) go with a 20 gauge.
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