The new Remington 1911 R1 should be found in your price range, especially if you get a military discount, and I think it would be well worth your consideration.
I have not shot one but from handling it and reading a number of reviews, it looks like a quality, no-frills 1911. A few of the staff guys at my local range have remarked that the R1 looked like it would also be a great platform for someone who wanted to start to make mods to the pistol to personalize it. To me, it felt well-built and cycled quite nicely for a so-called "budget" 1911.
Thank you for your service and good luck with your 1911 hunt.