In your situation, I'd talk to the father-in-law but you might also suggest some of the options described above that you are considering. If I we in your shoes, is probably be looking at a Savage Weather Warrior, an Winchester Extreme Weather, a Tikka T3 lite in stainless or a stainless steel Browning BLR (I like the straight grip). Whatever you choose, the 22 practice rifle is a great recommendation and I highly recommend you make sure you know the proper care and maintenance to keep the rifle in new condition. (I once loaned a shotgun to a friend for a 1 week hunting trip and by the time I got it back it already had rust on it).
Protect your investment shows that you understand it's value and should impress your father in law.