Look at the Vanguard by Weatherby
The Vanguard is a push feed bolt action made in Japan. This is a mid level rifle that I just saw in an add for 369.xx. It has a dropping floorplate something deleted from the Marlin xl7 as a cost saving. Is that required no, is it handy yes. The only two negitives I remember handling one is first they are heavy compared to most competitors and Weatherby choose to place a 24 inch barrel on them. One of the reasons that they are heavy is that there is a lot of milled steel used in their action. The longer barrel also contributes to them being a little heavier. A person could always have the barrel shortened to the more common 22 inches, that would reduce some weight and make it feel a little quicker in handling.