I would stick with the 243 caliber, and unless you are in a hurry, start hitting up the pawn shops and wait until you find what you will like. I use a bolt action 243 for predator hunting, it is a beater, but accurate. I bought it years ago at a pawn shop, it was ugly then and uglier now, the stock even has a bolt through it to keep it from splitting.
Did you read my question or did you post this in the wrong thread?
Let me know if you come across a Cooper Phoenix 54 or 21 in 223ai in a pawn shop. That would be a waste of time because they are hard to find period, let alone a pawn shop.