A buddy bought a Tikka T3x Lite in 308 for his son and daughter. Seem to be able to handle the recoil and can take most anything they will shoot in the future. They also seem to be a bit smaller and lighter than a lot of hunting rifles.My daughter has been shooting a Cricket and 10/22 for a couple years and is ready to upgrade. She'll be legal to deer hunt in 2 years so I'd like to get her started on a rifle sooner rather than later.
Deer around here aren't hard to kill or very big. So I'm leaning towards .223, .22 Creed, .243 win or 6 Creed. With a removable brake.
My dilemma is the stock, I cannot figure out what would work for such a small child??? I read that the Weatherby Camilla is a good one but it still looks too big in pictures?
Don't know you budget but Benelli came out with the Lupo. First bolt action rifle for them. Lot's of adjustments in the stock and Butt pad, and has a recoil reduction system. Costs $1,500 and is sub MOA. You may find you are borrowing it from her
Ditto on hearing protection, even when hunting (ear buds). I have Tinnitus and some hearing loss. Shot a lot of years when I was younger without much protection. Muzzle brake only makes this worse, for the shooter and everyone in the area.