Since you're looking for an accurate hunting rifle, I would recomend getting a Marlin 917V in .17HMR. Sure ammo costs a little more, but it's not over priced either. There aren't many true hunting cartridges that cost less than $14 for 50 rounds. This round is just explosive, if a squirrel doesn't fall from the tree, then you missed him. Mine will hit squirrels all day long at 150 yards, this is a serious hunting round. The rifle sells for $239 and you can get a Mueller 4.5-14X40AO scope for $115.
"We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it's legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines." Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California)