When bringing up a young shooter, there are some tough choices to be made. Do I buy a 20gauge and wait for him/her to grow into it or buy a .410 that they’ll grow out of? Rossi has a great offering that might help a bit – the Rossi Pick 4.
The Pick 4 is a single shot breech-loader with 4 interchangeable barrels – .22LR, .243 Win, .410 bore and 20 gauge shotgun barrels.
The two rifle barrels come with a fiber-optic front site and adjustable rear site while the shotgun barrels are choked “modified” and have a brass front bead.
The composite stock has a removable monte-carlo style cheek piece and small recoil pad.
The first barrel we tried was the 20 gauge. The forearm was removed by unscrewing the front sling swivel.With the forearm removed, simply opening the action allows the barrel to be changed. Close the action, replace the forearm and the gun is now a 20 gauge single shot scatter gun.
The gun is a youth model and when shouldering the gun that is very obvious. The stock is much too short for a full-grown man and the drop at comb is so slight that it’s difficult to get low enough on the gun to have it point accurately.
The Rossi is very light – perhaps 5 pounds total. That will help younger shooters hold it up and handle the gun with the lighter .410 and .22 caliber loads, but won’t mute much of the recoil from the larger 20 gauge or .243 barrels.
Firing the 20ga barrel made one thing very clear – the recoil pad is not sufficient and should be augmented for use with the 20 gauge barrel. It is too thin and too hard to absorb the recoil coming from such a light gun. The recoil was sharp enough to make shooting the gun uncomfortable with the stock pad.
The ejector worked as expected, firmly throwing the spent hull out of the chamber.
Changing the barrels out to the .41o made all the difference. The gun seems as though it was designed for the .410. The recoil was light and the recoil pad was able to soften what there was.
The .22 caliber rifle barrel was equally comfortable to shoot. We did have trouble getting the rear site to adjust far enough down to bring our point of impact where we wanted it at 50 yards, but were able to finagle into a low enough position to meet our needs.
My son has since put several hundred rounds through the .410 and .22 barrels. He prefers the stock with the Monte Carlo-style stock extension taken off. The .410 is light enough that an 8 year old boy can hold it up and shoot it and comfortable enough so that a young shooter will not get worn out by it in a short session.
In the end, the Rossi Pick-4 is a good buy for a young shooter that just wants a gun to plink or varmint/bird hunt with.