I have read where the Century International purchases were not up to standard. It was not just a sole missive but quite a few buyers posted their displeasures with them. Just take a second look at them if what they offer is tempting to your budget. Look to the core and scrutinize.
I will just post what I did for my first firearms...
A .308 Weatherby Vanguard around $400 topped with a used Weaver Grand slam 4-10x40 for $175 and a Browning Buckmark .22LR for around $300. Around your total price range (excluding accs. like ammo, cleaning kits, extra mags, bags, etc.) and I cannot be happier.
Be warned, they tend to multiply once you start buying.
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