I am a big Ruger fan I purchased a Ruger American .308 for my daughter she was 14 when I got it
I would not call it a starter rifle as it should last you awile & the .308 does not have a lot of recoil but is a great hunting caliber
the American has some great features on it for cheap money ave. price here in NH is $350
P.S. purchasing one for myself so I have a "woods" gun & do't have to trash my M77 thick woods here
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