1st gun for a newbie
I'm not starting this thread for myself. I've owned dozens of firearms (until they all fell in the river ahead of federal registration) I have a friend who is a graduating college student who was never owned a gun. He is interested in buying his first firearm. His parameters are less than $500, can be used for home defense, and is sufficient to legally kill deer and small game in TN. I suggested a short lever action or a "scout" type rifle in .308. Any suggestions from this esteemed forum would be greatly appreciated by my friend.