Why does he not have to go for a 500 yard tacker? the way i see it, is if your going to buy a gun, and you are new to the sport, a good gun is a good place to start. because if you look after your rifle, it will outlast you. i am new to shooting, and at 15 i had not alot of money. but i bought the tikka t3 lite stainless in .308.
Tikka t3, good place to start. great rifle, out of box accuracy is also good. my suggestion, get a common caibre. if your only looking to spend that much on a gun, then im guessing your ammo budget is also pretty low. unless your reloading. but ive got a .308 as i said. its a well proven cartridge with a good history.
People complain about the "plastic" parts on a tikka. But they arent just any plastic. its very durable and i have never had any problems. And because they are made by sako, u can be assured of there quality parts.
As you would know investing in a quality scope is a smart move. the magnification, up to you.
But yeah talk to your local shopman and he will point you in the right direction, but if your thinking of a tikka, your heading in the right direction. (By the way it looks good aswell)