As mentioned above, hit up a hunters' safety class.
As far as a rifle goes, Stevens 200 will be just under 3 bills, Marlin's XS7 Youth is just over as is Mossberg's 100 ATR. I have a Steven's 200 and it's not a pretty rifle, but it does shoot. .243 is an excellent choice.
A little late as you were typing while I was... .22 calibers are NOT deer worthy. You might have gotten lucky before, but the 6mm's are pretty much minimum standard.
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