I'm finally in a position to start spending some money on some firearms. I got some help on my first pistol purchase, but now I'd like some help with a rifle. I've never been hunting, so no extensive prior rifle experience. I've shot more rounds through a variety of .22's. I've shot my buddies Remington 30-06 (he called it a 30 ot 6), I don't remember that well, but I enjoyed shooting that one. And I've shot random rifles here and there that belonged to friends (sks I think), but I couldn't tell you what the others were.
I'd like something with more range than a .22, but doesn't need to be a .50. It'll be a recreational rifle, strictly target shooting. I'd like to stay under $400 for my first rifle, and I'd like to keep my ammo reasonable.
So what are my options?
Semi auto or bolt action?
Hahahahah, I know that this question could bring 1000 variations, but based on my criteria, whats a good rifle to learn on and build my skills?