You can get one of those nice H&R or Rossi single shot rifles for less than $200. Hard to beat for a beginning hunter or one who is comfortable with one shot. Don't hunt that often and don't want to invest a ton of money in a rifle, it might be an alternative for you. I picked up a Rossi with a heavy barrel in 22-250 as a varmint caliber and so far it is a decent little rifle. I used the little H&R Shotguns years ago to hunt rabbits in Upper Michigan and found they kick a lot but work well too. Can you get by with the single shot action? Any experience with these rifles?