+ 1 on the 700 . It is a proven hunting rifle with a good upgrade path . I also would consider The rew Ruger American Rifle . It to is made in the US . I own one and like it very much . There is only one down side that I see with the American . There is no upgrade ability . Because it's a new rifle there are no after market parts for it . It's accurate right out of the box .Has a good trigger and bolt and is a good value .I paid right around $400 out the door .
Here is my thread on the American http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492169
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist , Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist , Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist , Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew , Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.