Does that budget include scope? What are you wanting to do with it?
If it's for hunting and your budget includes scope, look at the Savage model 10 or 11 or Trophy Hunter XP if you want to save a few bucks. Tikka for $550 plus a $300 scope isn't a bad option either. I got a Savage 308 varmint/heavy barrel for about $450 and it easily shoots half MOA, but it's not a great hunting rig due to the weight.
If it's for hunting and your budget doesn't include scope, the Tikka mentioned above is probably your best bet. I would get a stainless/synthetic, forest, hunter, or hunter stainless model for your budget. The forest model is a really sexy rifle IMHO.