The .243 is a great youth gun, also if legal in your state look at the .223. that will open a can of worms but it will drop a deer in its tracks at close ranges and they dont kick very much at all. my dad and his girlfriend hav both dropped mulies with 223 with a single shot and the deer went all of 5 yards before piling up. I would not recommend that rifle on long ranges but 100yrds and closer its very deadly. Like others have said the reduced recoil rounds will work great too. I applaud you on getting your daughter out hunting, lets hope the bug sticks with her and she stays with it. My kids are to young to hunt but enjoy coming out with me. They cant wait to hunt on there own. to be honest so am I. Good luck on whatever you choose to do.