First, let's talk caliber. If you've never shot guns beyond handguns and 22LR rifles I suggest you get a 243 winchester or maybe 25-06. If you've shot a 12 gauge a bunch, then I'd say get a 270 winchester or a 30-06.
Now, onto guns.
You are pricing yourself into the 'super-economy' or else 'economy' price band of rifles. Part of this is because you are including a scope, and to get a decent one takes a little bit more than most people expect.
Here are the Super-economy rifles, basically ranked from worst to best
Remington 770 and it's older versions the 710 and 715. Tied for bottom position
Mossberg ATR tied with the 770
Mossberg 4×4 spend about $50 to get something that still isn't very good…not a good choice
Savage Edge – this is the cheapest of the super-economy but is better than those others
Marlin XL or XS – has a nice recoil pad…but that is something you can put on any gun for $20. It's okay.
Stevens 2000 – When Savage upgraded their current bolt action, they kept the old one under the stevens name…and put a really cheap grey stock on it, and a less nice finish. Still mechanically it has a good trigger and an excellent barrel.
Of all these rifles, the Stevens is the ONLY one where you can get aftermarket accessories for it, because the Steven is the same as the more expensive Savage.
Steven is also the most accurate and has the best trigger. It also has the ugliest stock and the thinnest recoil pad. But these are things you can upgrade later.
You spend $100 on a Stevens and you really improve the rifle by about $100….or $150. You spend $100 on these other rifles ASSUMING YOU CAN FIND THE PARTS, you don't get anything anyone would pay a dime more for.
So, next year after you have your Stevens 200 you get yourself a Timney Trigger for $100
and then a new stock for another $100.
I think the 'pepper laminate' is a nice looking stock, but so is the wood.
Here's one that is more expensive but has a lot more colors if that is your thing.
The ONLY other option I'd suggest is to spend a little bit more and get a "Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic Series 2" Weatherby is a very well respected gun maker who makes high end guns…except they decided to contract out with a good gun maker to make an economy version, but still Weatherby demands that anything that carry their name be good product.
The Wby Vanguard Synthetic Series 2 is probably the best buy on the market right now. It is a GREAT gun for it's price.
Now, onto scopes. You are going to want a 3-9x 40mm scope of some sort. 3-9x means you can set the zoom anywhere between 3x and 9x. 40mm is how big the front lens is. But you can have a cheap scope or an extremely high quality scope with those same numbers. Unfortunately the best way to judge a scope is a combination of name and price tag. You have a company like Bushnell that makes everything from the ultracheap 'banner' scope for $50 to the Bushnell Elite 6500 for $500…and both come in 3-9x40mm.
I suggest you spend about $200 for a scope
Look for these manufacturers and models
Leupold XV-1 -$220-250
Leupold Rifleman – $200
Redfield Revolution – $200
Bushnell Elite (3200 is cheapest of elite but still very good) -$250
Bushnell Legend -$200
Nikon Buckmaster – $225-250
Nikon Prostaff -$175-200
Sightron SII – $250-300
Sightron SI – $150
Sightron is in my mind a really great scope but because of lack of name recognition they sell for less and are a super great bargain.
I'd snap this scope up in a minute