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    First hunting rifle for my son

    Thinking of getting my 9 y/o son a 336 for his birthday. He has a .22 he shoots and I’m wanting to get him his first deer rifle. I would rather not get him a youth model so I’m thinking of getting him either a 336w or 336BL.
    Anyone have a recommendation between the two for a first shooter? I’ll be giving him reduced recoil ammo to shoot.
    Also I’m wanting to upgrade the iron sights. Any recommendations?

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    just make sure it is a jm rifle

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    use 125 gr bullets. install a good recoil pad.

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    I would recommend the youth model and as he grows into a full size rifle simply swap out the stock. He has an instant Trapper! Just my humble opinion.
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    I’m going to have to agree with Pig Ninja on this one, go for the youth model. I started my boys out on a borrowed single shot youth rifle and bought them full size rifles when they got older. If you really don’t want the youth, hit the pawn shops and LGS’s in your area and look for a lightly used Marlin.
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    I don't recommend a 30/30 for a first gun for a youngster.

    Remember that it's a full power/full caliber hunting rifle. And it's light.... And kids are FAR more recoil sensitive than adults....

    That means it kicks pretty hard on a kid's smaller frame. That can really sour kids...

    A much better choice is a 223, 7.62x39, or 357 mag.

    So for example - a single shot break open 357 mag is strong deer medicine inside 100 yards - but he can practice with cheap and easy shooting 38spl to gain the muscle memory. A single shot break open 223 is also great and it won't beat the kid up...

    All 3 of these have ammo that runs ~ 1/2 the cost of 30/30... Ammo is easy to find... Soft shooting.... And will 100% do the job if you do your part....

    Move up to a 30/30 when he is in his older teens and has put on some meat and is pushing adult size..

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    He’s big and tall for his age. He’s much bigger than I was at his age and my first deer slayer was a marlin 30-30. I wish I still had it. As far as the JM rifles I’ll look for one but I got my 1895 remlin a year ago and it’s a fine rifle.

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    I agree with most of the responses above -

    1. The length of pull on a full sized 336 is going to be too much for a 9yo

    2. The recoil in a light rifle is likely to be too much for a 9yo (and if you use reduced loads it limits it's deer slaying capability)

    3. IMHO he would be far better with a .223, or some lighter calibre

    4. Whatever you get him be prepared to cut down the stock, and maybe cut the barrel to balance up the rifle (get a cheap rifle if you are going to cut it up).

    Just say'in.
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    Youth mod 336 in 30-30 would be my choice for the young man. That said, I'm 6'4" and long armed. Just love that handy little thing.
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    If I could find a nice JM youth 336 around here, I would buy one for my grandson. If I could find another one, I would buy one for myself!
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