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The Top 5 Youth Hunting Rifles for Deer Hunting

Youth Hunting Rifles

Here are five of the best quality youth rifles to get youngsters out hunting deer this season.

Want a choice of five great centerfire rifles suited to get your kids out deer hunting this season?

Have a look at these, built to reduce recoil and get new hunters on target and filling big game tags.

Which starter rifle suits young deer hunters the best?

1. Savage Arms Axis XP Bolt-Action Rifle in TrueTimber Strata Camo

Youth Hunting Rifles

This is the first gun I bought my son once he became a qualified apprentice hunter. Available in .243 or .30-06 caliber, it is a great deal that comes with quality optics mounted and bore sighted.

A couple of trips to the range, some fine tuning, and he was raring to go for last year's whitetail season, and the price can't be beat.

2. Remington Model 783 Bolt-Action Rifle and Scope Combo

Youth Hunting Rifles

Here's our pick for an excellent youth package. There's a nice recoil pad, and the fact that so many hunters have appreciated the 783 over the years makes it a good youth deer gun.

This deer rifle provides a robust youth model in a more compact package in .308 Winchester. It also come ready to go with a 3-9x40 scope, bore sighted and ready for dialing in at the range.

3. Ruger American Rifle Ranch

Youth Hunting Rifles
Sportsman's Guide

The scaled-down Ruger American in .223 Remington would make for a smart youth rifle, even though it isn't marketed specifically as one. The 10+1 detachable box magazine might concern some safety-oriented parents or mentors, but it doesn't inherently make the firearm any more dangerous. It just adds more to think about.

The shorter overall barrel length is suppressor-ready, and those are the types of things that make the bigger difference in a youth hunting firearm.

4. Mossberg Patriot Youth Super Bantam

Youth Hunting Rifles

Mossberg, better known for their shotguns, devoted time and effort to creating a line of quality bolt actions. The Patriot series is the result.

The adjustable length of pull spacers will let the gun grow with young shooters and give them the chance to own and shoot the same firearm for years longer than a more traditional youth-sized model.

5. Thompson/Center Compass II Compact

Though it isn't much different from their updated Compass rifles other than the shorter stature, the Compass II Compact bolt action from T/C has all the benefits of a smaller gun without sacrificing much else.

It comes with a two-piece trigger, a threaded muzzle, synthetic stock, and can be combined with a Crimson Trace scope for the ultimate one-two punch.

There it is, five great youth guns, appropriate for young hunters to get out in the woods and do some hunting this fall deer season.

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