Re: Best factory Rifle???
With the budget you have, I would pickup a good used Remington & see how it shoots. If it did not meet my expectations you should be able to have a good smith blue print the action & adjust trigger on it & come in below budget.
I have two Rem. 700's in 7mm08, one is a VLS & the other a mountain rifle. They are both shooters, with the right hand loads the mountain rifle is capable of sub .5" 3 shot groups at 100 yards. The only mod was a trigger job on the VLS. I have not done anything to the MTN rifle.
The 243 that your daughter is shooting now should shoot alot better than it does. I believe that there may be more accuracy left in that rifle.