Looking to buy my first hunting rifle?

I own a few hand guns but never a rifle, I have always wanted to get into hunting but not sure were to start with a gun.
Whats the best brand for around $500.00
Bolt action or Pump
Caliber? 30.06? 30.30?

Update: Thanks to the people who answered my question.

The rest of you sissy liberals need to stop acting like tuff guys behind a computer.
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