pc9460 wrote:How much distance can I get on a mid-range driver?
Any recommendations for one also?
There really is no upper limit, it all depends on your form and skill. To start with 200+ feet isn't that hard, 250+ will come in time, 300+ isn't really that hard once you develop a knack for throwing and pros can throw them over 400'.
As for suggestions, there are a few ways you can go about it. If you want a very versatile mid that works on a variety of lines and distances and will teach you proper form (because it'll fly like crap if you throw it bad) the Comet is just about unbeatable. Z will probably have the longest lifecycle and be easiest for a beginner, but will still fly straight like a putter on sub 100' shots. With clean form you can also really power it, 300' straight shot with a flat release is probably my favorite shot with the Comet. The Axis from MVP is along the same vein but somewhat faster and depending on the thrower it can be more touchy (for me it is, for many others the Comet is).
Some more user friendly mids would include the Buzzz and the MD2, which are both faster and straight'ish mids (the best D, P and C-MD2's are dead straight when powered), and a DX Roc will initially give you some overstability but beats into a magnificent straight mid range.
If it was me and I was on a budget (limited to baseline plastic) I'd most likely go for either a DX Aviar or a D-Line P2 putter combined with a D-Line MD2 mid range.