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Is the Savage Axis .30-06 a good starter rifle for a 13 year old 175lb. boy who will be hunting deer,coyotes,bobcats,and maybe a

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  • Is the Savage Axis .30-06 a good starter rifle for a 13 year old 175lb. boy who will be hunting deer,coyotes,bobcats,and maybe a

    Is the Savage Axis .30-06 a good starter rifle for a 13 year old 175lb. boy who will be hunting deer,coyotes,bobcats,and maybe antelope and elk?

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    The Savage Axis is a fine starter rifle and the .30-06 can certainly handle all the game you listed. Depending on boy's experience with shooting it might not be a bad idea to use a reduced-recoil load initially in the rifle. It will make for a more comfortable and enjoyable shooting experience for him and, with the right bullet selection, will be adequate for everything you mentioned with the exception of elk.

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    • #3
      The 30-06 is a great caliber if boy is ok with the recoil. The managed recoil rounds would be a good idea to start with then work your way to the full power loads. For the game you are hunting I think the 30-06 will not dissapoint you if you keep the shoots within reason.

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      • #4
        I don't have any experience with the Savage Axis, but I have shot many other Savage Arms rifles and they are just fine. With regards to the .30-06 caliber, you will be just fine. The reduced recoil loads suggested before are good ideas, but if you don't want to sacrifice power, you can look at stock butt pads. I have a Browning A-bolt chambered in .30-06 that I got when I was 14 and only 140 lbs. I bought a rubberized butt pad and never had a single problem with too much recoil.

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        • #5
          Well I've heard the axis can b a bad gun so I'm trying 2 find out if it is.

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          • #6
            13 yrs old and 175 lbs. is no boy. welcome to the 30,06 young man

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            • #7
              Haha thx u just made my day

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