You can get a lot more for $500 U.S. than you can in Canadian money. The only rifes for $500 or less in Canada, are the NEF, or the cheapest Savage. I went the used route and picked up a Turkish Mauser with a new synthetic stock, bent bolt and scope mounts for $200. I put a 3-9x40 Nikko Sterling, [cheep scope] on it for about $200, with rings. The main reason for getting this rifle was to abuse at the range shooting plates,, but it turned out to be too god for just that. It will shoot into 1" at 100 yards all day. I have a rifle that handles like a dream, hits like a freight train and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. The 8x57 is a fine round when hand loaded. I guess I got lucky! My varmint rifle is a used rifle too. I was ready to get the Savage, when I came across a used Whinchester Model 70 in .22-250 for $300. After installing a Nikko scope and free floating the barrel, it will shoot hand loaded 55g Remington HPPL's into 9/16" at 100 yards, if I can do my part. I guess I am just a hopeless scrounger.