My gal wanted a small rifle that handels well and more power than 22lr.
She bought herself an old style hp carbine.She loves the thing no recoil reasonably accurate and as I've found just plain fun to shoot,when she lets me.I can tell you it hits steel plates out to 75yds with no problem and hits them hard.Its her varmint gun and sits next to the patio door 365.
We get coyote's comming right up to the house,and she wont shoot my 223.
There you go. They also tend to be a good bit lighter than full on rifles, which is excellent for fun plinking, as well as for those with lighter builds to use.