nothing better than picking up an old Marlin at a pawn shop for $65-100 and shortening the stock/restaining it pink/whatever for a daughter/wife
The accuracy of Marlin Micro-Groove barrels combined with reliability & low prices make them the most effective & inexpensive way to arm your family with good starter rifles.
I'd rather cut down an old Model 99/Model 60/etc than cough up hundreds for something less reliable.
Not to mention that getting a brand new stock from Numrich for after they grow up is CHEAP!!