Not so expensive rifle recommendations
I like the Marlin xl7 or the Savage 200. I personally don't like the Remington 710 or 770. I also don't like the Mossberg 4x4 or the new Savage Edge. The Marlin xl7 and the Savage 200 use basically the same action and barrel attachment assembly. I think that you are making a mistake wanting iron sights that are usable with a scope on. This forces you to go with aluminum see thru mounts that are tall and not sturdy. The height will put the scope higher than ideal and it will throw the balance of the rifle off. The rifle will cost about 300.xx and try to have a least 100-200 for a good scope. There are alot of quality scopes for 150.xx that are night and day better then those in the 50-100 range. A good 3x9x40 scope on a good rifle will be all you need for a lifetime of shooting.