So, I'm wanting to get into shooting, the only problem is that nobody in my family (or my in-laws) shoots. I have an Uncle who bow hunts occasionally, but that's about as close as it gets. I was not raised around guns and haven't ever fired anything besides a BB gun. I'm about as green as anyone can get. So where do I start? My main interest is for hunting, ultimately, small game and deer, but I could definitely see enjoying honing my skills-to-be at the range. My wife and I plan on having our own ranch/homestead with livestock, so for butchering as well. Then there's the self defense portion, but for me that's lower on my list than my wife's. As far as budget, that's pretty flexible, I'd rather go with quality for both instruction and firearm. From reading forums and articles on the internet, I'm thinking it's a .22LR, probably bolt-action for starters. My main question is how do I begin, take a class (may need to purchase a rifle first), buy a rifle, visit a range? I'm kind of lost. It seems most of the 'newbie' threads are written by people who already know someone, and have gone to a range, but I'm not even there yet. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!