Hello All. I am completely unfamiliar with rifles as I have never hunted, so please bear with me on questions that have probably been asked countless times on this forum. My 16 year old daughter has expressed an interest in hunting. We have taken a hunter's safety course together and I'd like for her to bring home some venison this fall...but first, she needs an appropriate firearm. Let me start by telling you that my daughter is 5'6" and probably weighs 100 lbs fully clothed. I'm currently looking at three budget rifles. The Thompson/Center Compass, the Ruger American Predator, and the Savage Axis II XP. Currently, the prices at Cabela's are as follows: Thompson $249.99 After mail-in rebate with no scope Ruger: $549.99 With Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44 scope Savage: $439.99 With Weaver 3-9x40 scope Personally, the Thompson "feels" cheap to me, although the articles I've read seem to like it. I know that for the price, I can outfit it with a scope and still come out at the Savage and Ruger's price point. Of the three, the Ruger seems to be the "gold standard" of budget rifles(according to what I've read)...so what do you guys think? If you have any other suggestions, I'm all ears. Secondly, She wants to start with whitetail, but if she likes it, she wants to move up to feral hogs and black bear and possibly more since we have relatives who are avid hunters in Latin America. I know that the .243 seems to be the best all-around deer and varmint round and it would play well with her light weight and bony shoulders (though she is far from a delicate flower), but how would it do with bigger game? Should I consider the 6.5mm Creedmoor or the 7mm-08? Does anyone have any other suggestions? Again, I am completely ignorant when it comes to this stuff so any help you can give me would be appreciated.