I bought my son a Handi-Rifle in .243 topped with a Burris 3-9x40 scope when he was a pup The optic cost more than the rifle did. Its a moa or better shooter with good factory ammo. Cheaper scope would make it an excellent bargain. The only guy I let hunt on our family land sent me a pic earlier of a 6 point his 13yr old daughter killed with a 7mmRemMag. She don't weigh a hundred pounds. Me and the boy still hunt with the .243 handi rifle and its killed plenty of deer.
I have had the handi-rifle for 7yrs and it is still in very nice shape. Wood is good, bluing is good, no rust and everything works like its supposed to.