...Cruzer, all three will get the job done. I bought my grandson the Henry. It's a fine rifle and only cost about $40 more than the other two and in your price range. It is the U.S. Youth Shooting Team's choice...a serious rifle that is championship grade. The rifle reeks quality and features and is a true sibling of the adult versions. He'll consider it much more than a "toy". It is a keeper even after he outgrows the rifle and it's time to step up a notch, especially if you may have other little ones coming along. Just my $.02.