Check the consignment racks for a used rifle in good condition ...... and get a handloading set-up. Within reason, caliber is not that important......
At the point the guy can "shoot up to his rifle*" ...... then he can shop for something else, and will know more about waht it is he really wants.
*Be able to shoot as well from field positions as the rifle and load will from a benchrest..... it is a rare and wonderful thing, assuming a reasonably accurate rifle/load to start with.
So many electrons (and dollars) are wasted on "sub-MOA" equipment when the shooter is almost always the weakest link in the system.
I can not shoot up to my rifle, now ..... but I have gotten much better at shooting in general in the effort to get there.
TheGolden Rule of Tool Use: "If you don't know what you are doing, DON'T."