Inexpensive rifles in order of preference:
Marlin X7: It's amazing you can get a rifle this good for so little money.
Savage Axis: Not far behind the Marlin and well worth a look.
Mossberg ATR and similar: Not too bad, but not competitive with the two above.
Remington 710/770: Avoid at all costs. Crudely made, crudely finished and ugly. I wouldn't own one if it were free.
Weatherby Vanguard / Howa 1500 and the Ruger American are good choices for a bit more money.