For a new shooter I generally recommend a single shot .22lr, be it a break action, bolt action or what have you. Having only one round really promotes accuracy, while having many or a semi auto promotes spraying.
Luckily a single shot 22 is cheap, $100 or less in many cases, finding reasonably priced ammo is a bit more work though
I like the Marlin 15s myself but they are very short, there is also the H&R sportster
Welcome to the forum by the way.
Just passing through...
Last edited by sputnik1988; 10-21-2013 at 06:57 AM.