Something else you might want to consider is to cruise the pawn shop racks. Year-before-last, I bought two bolt .308s as used rifles from the pawn shop. I found a very nice, 1983 model Rem700 ADL in .308, and paid 400.00 for it. I also found an abused Savage 10 that I paid $300.00 for. After taking the Savage apart, it became apparent that all the abuse was external and I was able to put it back in working order fairly easily and inexpensively.
Those two are both great rifles now, and I've got less than $500.00 in either of them. Sometimes, used rifles are screaming deals.