Check out CZ rifles. The American series are great rifles. Not super cheap, though for what they are the price of them is an awesome value. I have a 527 American in .221 Rem Fireball. It looks beautiful. Shoots like a laser beam, carries like a feather. I saw one in .22 Hornet at the local gun store the other day for under $600. Add $200 for a decent scope, and mounts. Yes it is up there on the price scale.
Ultimate value. Savage Axis.
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.