I've been lurking around for a while and reading other posts. Found many to be quite helpful. This topic has been addressed a bit before but wanted to ask based on my situation. Having gotten proficient with .22LR range shooting I am looking to move up to next level towards centerfire rifle. Am an occasional shooter - about once a month these days. My local range is about 200 yards maximum. For now would prefer open sights. Chance of hunting is very slim - but we do get the occasional coyote and recently had to shoot a rabid raccoon (12 gauge - that was a mess). About one or twice a year get the opportunity to shoot at a longer range. I prefer wooden stock and "old school" rifle - 22LR is a CZ bolt with Mannlicher stock. I have limited access to good firearm stores (southern New York State). I like the Browning A-Bolt & BLR (like the look of lever action). Shouldered a Sako 85 in .308 - WOW - but $1,800. Want to stay in the no-more-than $1000ish range. Leaning towards .243 but am open to other caliber suggestions. So, long story short - for mid-range target, at that price-point, suggestions about what else I should be looking at? Thanks.