Buy a Kimber M84 in a 7-08 top it with a Bushnell elite 3500 4x12 w/ the ballistic reticle get some 140 gr or 150 gr loads sight it in at a hundred yards and the reticle works to 600 yards DONE !! all for the $1200 budget !! Light, handy, weather proof, go to gun for all species
If you want one rifle for you and your wife to both use, there is a good chance that the length of pull will not fit one of you. If the compact/youth type stocks fit your wife best, then a Sims slip on pad might lengthen it enough to fit you fine.
BTW — Bonecollector almost makes me ashamed to admit that I own a Creedmoor