"but i'm having trouble finding anything left handed in my price range!"
Hunting Man beat me to the rifle I was thinking about. I'm also left handed and use the Savage Model 11 (or 111) in .270. Savage makes a great rifle and has many different calibers to choose from. Savage Arms > Firearms > Browse Models
Here's a website to check out the different models to choose from.
If you have problems with the recoil, have you thought about using a recoil pad??? Limbsaver makes a great slip on pad that SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the recoil that you feel when squeezing the trigger. I had to get one a rifle I have in .300 Savage.
There are many different options available to you. Keep all your options open until you've had a chance to mull them all over and make an informed decision. The you have to get yourself a camera to show us what you decided on. <grin>