Go with 9mm. If you primarily target shoot, you will save alot of money over time shooting 9mm than anything else; and God forbid you need to use your gun in a defensive situation, trust me, whoever it is who is attacking you will not enjoy being the recepticle of a 9mm bullet.
These are some reliable brands that represent very good to excellent quality at a reasonable price (I consider $500-$800 the zone for reasonably priced high quality):
(and, of course, there is Glock, on which I have zero input to provide). Another nice, underrated choice in a decent 9mm is the Armalite 24.