I did find a nice looking used and not abused Browning A-bolt in 243 for $499 it was a stainless stalker. Also found a few tikka's new adn used in that price range. Most were long action and many of them were 300 winmag or up. one was even a 338 win mag. Not sure what the hell your shooting in VA that you need a gun that big for.
If the CC wasn't locked up at home I would have walked out with that browning. It was down right nice looking. I don't think it spent a single day in the field. Not a mark on it even on the stock.