Welcome to the FTF Community. You will find that a lot of the folks will be a lot more forthcoming with their experiences if you stop by the introduction section and introduce yourself to the members. I will leave that up to you.
As for the rifle, are you talking $400 including optics? Or as a whole package.
Also when you are talking about a good range gun you can take hunting, can you narrow down what you are looking for in a rifle?
A magnum caliber like the .30-06 can be uploaded or downloaded to hunt ANYTHING in North America. But it will kick MUCH harder than a short action caliber like the .308, which can also be up or down loaded, but not as effectively.