These and the Stevens 325 in 30/30 are some of my favorite starter deer rifles. I've bought 5 of them so far for nieces and nephews and I hope to get one for myself some day. They are accurate, light, and can be found very reasonable. I buy them every chance I get. With 150 grain spitzer reloads and a scope, they easily take deer out to 200 yards or so. The only negative is that I have run across three that had excessive headspace, enough that the primers were partially backing out. Those three were stripped of parts and destroyed as correcting the problem costs more than a new gun.