The T/C platform is a decent one to start with. It does have some draw backs that can make it hard to get good accuracy from them at times (lack of a free floated barrel... etc.,), but the ones I've owned have been accurate (every one I've had were sub moa with handloads - one was a 1/2 moa gun).
I moved on to the XP-100 now, but those are a different animal.
Last video is me shooting the course after confirming drops, we set up portable AR-500 steel on Tuesday at 400 yards (10”), 496 yards (10”), 575 yards (10”), 645 yards (10”), and 673 yards (12”), with the Kauger Arms Black Widow 6.5x47 Lapua. The 130 grain ELD-M shot great (2532 fps). We did...
Specialty Pistols -- Report from Ernie Bishop in Wyoming For those who know of me in the shooting world, you would probably know me in one of two ways: Dealer for SEB Rests or someone who does most of his competing, varminting, and or hunting with specialty pistols.
The Encore is a great option at a pretty modest price point. Like Ernie said, the Creedmoor or Lapua sized cases work really well. If the Kauger Arms is in your budget, it looks like a great gun. I've been kicking around the idea of getting either one of the Kauger Arms Black Widows or one of the Nosler 48 NCH pistols. I just don't like the right-hand bolt.
For dirt cheap you might find a traditions pistol in 243win used, they were around $300 new a few years ago. I'm not sure if they are still in production but would be a great start without breaking the bank.
The Thompson Center Encore or Contenders are solid choices and can be found in a bunch of different calibers used and priced accordingly most will outshoot their owner.
243win and an 80gr bullet have ended several hunts for me in the past couple of years. Currently on my Encore is a 2-7X T/C scope that was purchased with the barrel so shop around and find something in your price range. Ernie has lots of threads with good info on different calibers.