Recommend you look at a Remington rifle. Why? You will be under budget with a Remington Sendero and at around 1200 bucks, it gives you budget to upgrade your trigger, perhaps change your bbl to a custom twist and bed the action. Remington is the most common of all actions and are infinitely upgradable with parts and accessories everywhere so as you get better over time, your rifle can get better with you.
I have done this myself with great results!
I've already got Remingtons, Bergara's and Christensen's. I've always stuck with the Remington 700 and clones because of all the stuff you can do with them. I've always just gone the factory route and wanted to try something new is all.