Just bought my 11 year old daughter a Ruger 10-22 semi auto. It's a tad long right now, but next year it probably won't be. First upgrade is a 25 round mag, sling, then a scope. I'll be honest, I didn't even consider a bolt action, it didn't occur to me it'd make her a better shot. I'm a long time fan of shooting, but this is the first gun I've owned in 13 years. And we'll start shooting it as soon as it quits raining.