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11 Year Old Girl Masters Savage .308 (Gun Review)
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11 Year Old Girl Masters Savage .308 (Gun Review)
by Dave Higginbotham on August 21, 2014
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When Savage called and asked if we would review one of their Youth rifles, I intended to do it right and have an actual kid do the shooting. Then they asked if they could send one in Muddy Girl. While this camo pattern won’t prevent boys from shooting it, I thought I’d try to find a girl who knew her way around guns. After a few phone calls, I had an 11 year old lined up. But when the rifle arrived, it was a .308. How well can an 11 year old girl handle a .308? http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/savage-m...youth-308/
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das;152580 Wrote:11 Year Old Girl Masters Savage .308 (Gun Review)
by Dave Higginbotham on August 21, 2014
Cool kid. das

Savage Model 11 Trophy Hunter XP–Youth
Buy Now on GunsAmerica

When Savage called and asked if we would review one of their Youth rifles, I intended to do it right and have an actual kid do the shooting. Then they asked if they could send one in Muddy Girl. While this camo pattern won’t prevent boys from shooting it, I thought I’d try to find a girl who knew her way around guns. After a few phone calls, I had an 11 year old lined up. But when the rifle arrived, it was a .308. How well can an 11 year old girl handle a .308? http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/savage-m...youth-308/

That looks like quite a package. I like that they choose some chamberings that can can actually get the job done. I'm sure if the author had his choice, it would have been something closer to a .243. The little lady was a trooper, and she kept shooting. You could tell that she wasn't quite used to the recoil, but she kept at it and was already getting used to it. I know lots of grown men that complain about the recoil of some .308's, and fairly soon can't hit the broad side of a barn from the flinch. She was dusting those targets. Good for her :-). I'm glad someone is making some rifles with a good scope (not garbage) that people can get for a child or teen that can put up those kind of results. It looked to me like the shooter threw a shot at the 300 yard line. The other two shots looked great, and right where you'd expect at the 300 yard line with a gentle breeze. She was concerned with how she "shook" offhand, but I thought she looked pretty solid. I'm glad you shared this.
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The kick on any old .308 rifle is gonna be the same as a 12GA shotgun. Although a 30-06 will be much worse. I'm guessing that gun is an even lighter design so she's getting even more. Bolt+mag is an interesting choice to put in the hands of a young novice. I would have put the mag cover on and made her load individual cartridges after she shot a few boxes to get a rhythm going and get a feel for all the components of the firearm before going nutty with scopes/ACOG and mags, etc.

I've put my FNAR into the hands of beginners but I prefer putting shotguns in the hands of novices---way easier to maintain the target, very little training, and the shooter gets instant satisfaction seeing their shots connect--it's really hard to miss center mass and not even get on the paper. When they get used to the recoil and they see a shot-up target, then I pull out the high power rifles and show them what the goal is--get a tight group. Also helps to reinforce that by bringing tape and markers to the range to patch bullet holes and mark groupings. After a few range trips your novice now graduates to experienced and can train others.
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Very cool stuff. I was always too big of a wimp at that age.
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I remember the fist time I shot my dads 12ga. I had my nose up against the gun and needless to say my nose bled for about an hour. Lesson learned.Blush
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