So hear me out on this...
You want a rifle but you don't have one because it is not legal to hunt with a rifle in Ohio. Check out the Savage model 212 or 220. They are 12 and 20 gauge bolt action slug guns and should be very legal to hunt with in your state. From what I hear they are very accurate as far as a slug gun is concerned, its not the best long range option but it is probably one of the best options available to you for the purpose of deer hunting in your state. The gun also has a very appealing price tag. A 12 or 20 gauge slug will take down a whitetail deer or really whatever you shoot at in ohio with authority.
I know that its possible to reload shotgun shells, but I haven't looked into it much.