I want to buy my kids a new scoped, bolt action rifle. Both kids have time on a Henry min-bolt and a Marlin 7-shot bolt. Love for my daughter (14--my son's 11) to shoot my Saiga 7.62x39, but she won't'; nice, easy recoil, great shooting gun, but it's "different;" semi-auto, not a bolt.
Looking at a Ruger American in .243 (only because that's the only rifle available locally). Was eyeing a Savage model 11 XP Trophy hunter youth package with the Nikon scope, but I don't like buying something sight un-scene.
Here's the Savage:
Also, If I go with the American, does anyone have a scope recommendation? I was just going to put a Leupold vx-1 on it, but I know they're are probably other cheaper options out there like a Bushnell or Redfield, to meet my needs. I am a little budget conscience (or cheap if you'd like ), but times are tough and they need a bolt to learn on...