When you are shopping for guns you definitely want to make sure you have the right one for the animal you are hunting. You are generally purchasing to have it a lifetime. When looking for a deer rifle you have to factor in: 1) Check the state and county that you plan on hunting and see if they allow rifles for deer. 2) Who is going to use it, up grading for yourself, a fist year hunter, a teenager or your spouse. 3) How much am I willing to spend. Very important, don’t let a salesperson try to sell you way over your budget because your purchase doesn’t stop at the gun. You will have a gun sling, shells, cleaning kit, gun oil, extra clip for semi-automatics, gun case and possibly a scope, not to mention the clothing.
I feel the top of the line deer rifles are the Browning BAR Mark II Safari Edition 30-06. There are many good guns but this one is the top of the line. It weighs under 8lbs. and has a four shot clip magazine with a beautiful Turkish walnut stock. You can use 150 to 180 grain bullet but I prefer the 180 grain. If I am hunting an area that has wide open fields or very long shooting lanes I would prefer the lighter grain bullet for it will have less drop.
A good starter rifle for the young hunter is the lever action 30 -30 caliber without a scope. I feel kids need to learn to shoot with sites and graduate up to a scope, especially if the woods are more dense and the shots are much shorter, like under 100 yards.
My wife chose a used Remington 742 Woodsmaster Deluxe with a scope. It thought it was kind of heavy for her. They do not make them anymore anyway. If you know she is going to permanently hunt, please spend the money on a light gun. Spend what you need to make it more enjoyable for her. Happy Hunting!