For a scope, I too would give a hearty thumbs up for the Mueller brand. I have several, two of which have been on varmint/truck rifles that haven't received what you would call the gentlest of care.
For a rifle- it may be a little above what you were looking to spend maybe. But the CZ 527 line is an outstanding rifle. It's main shining point, I would think, for you and your wife's goals is the single-set trigger.
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I'm going to use the words "clip" and "Long Colt" every chance I get. It grinds my gears to see new members attacked when we all know dang good and well what's being refered to.