well ya'll can say this and that.....but dollar for dollar the BEST values are a Marlin XL7(or) XS7 model...
Or any Savage,or better yet Stevens 200 either in short action or long action.....
All of these have one thing in common a barrel nut,which means you can change the caliber up or down the scale for fairly CHEAP.
When I bought my Marlin XL7 30-06 I payed $325 out the door including tax,this rifle was/is still all the rave according to all the gun writers/rags.The XS 7(short action has pretty much followed in it's big brothers footsteps).
I bought a Stevens 200 recently from Academy Sports in 7mm-08 on sale for 199.99 before tax,also has a barrel nut,pretty easy to change the caliber,also after some searching the internet and some waiting for a deal,I have managed to buy a Adams&Bennet 22-250 stainless 6-fluted barrel for for the peasly sum of $125(including shipping) with a 50 round count down the tube(still a new barrel,hardly broke in),then a month later I stumbled into a Blued factory 308 barrel for $75(including shipping) with zero rounds down the tube.A set of GO-NO Gages will run you less than $50 dollars per caliber(you can change the barrel yourself with a little research or a DVD as a guide)Or you can take it to a gunsmith and pay the man about $50 dollars and he'll change it for you.....You can do this with any Savage also.
If you want to change calibers with a Remington,you will have to send it to the factory,so your waiting for you rifle for about 6 weeks at best for the work to be done(remmys use a pressed in barrel)
A lever action will have to also go to either a specialized gunsmith or the factory,either way another 6 week turn around,plus it'll run you $250 to $350
If you go with a H&R tops $190 for a barrel,but again,a 6week wait,till you get it back....Oh and you'll have to pay for all this shipping,and back to a dealer,who will have to run you back thru NCIS even tho you already own your rifle.
Go with the Marlin or Savage/Stevens,they are a bargain no matter how you look at it.And save all that extra money for a really good scope