Sean - welcome to the forum. The members of this forum will be glad to help you with whatever they can. In order to help you now, we need a bit more information. For instance, what do you intend to hunt or shoot? Targets? varmints? deer? How far do you intend to shoot? and of course, what kind of budget you might have.
While you contemplate those questions, go over to the Gun Photo section and start reading. There you will find not only information about rifles and their owners' intended uses, but you get the advantage of some pics too. I find that is always helpful.
To get you started, check out mine and my nephew's rifles...
First, my nephew's rifle. A great example of an 'accurized' factory Rem700. Essentially, take a factory rifle, replace the stock, have it bedded, then have a gunsmith work-over the metal parts. The results speak for themselves.
Nephew's Transformed Rifle!
Next is my 'carry' gun. It is a fairly inexpensive 'custom'. I say it is fairly inexpensive because the stock is off-the-shelf, it still has the factory trigger and in its early life it had a basic level Leupold scope. The custom part of the upgrade is that it does have a custom barrel...
My 280 - Updated!
Then comes my two 'prone' guns. These are totally custom longrange rigs that between them are capable of killing deer waaaaaay over there and taking on targets/varmints as far as you can see.
My 260 by MCR
My 300RUM by MCR
Again, welcome to the forum and let us know when you have some answers to the questions above and we'll be glad to help.