Don’t hate on the .30-06. Sure it is a long action, but it is also a SUPER common cartridge and a large handloading knowlegde base. Not to mention that one of the greatest arms ever made is chambered in the .30-06, the M1 Garand Caliber .30. The OP is also in Canada where I am going to bet ammo availability is an issue.
During the early part of the year, .30-06, 7mm Rem Mag and .300 Win Mag were on the shelves at Wal-mart while all the .308 and .223 was out of stock.
Are you sold on Remington? I have personally been looking at the Stevens 200 in .30-06 and then bed and stiffen up the stock, free float the barrel, trigger job (basically a non-accutriger Savage 110), and save the rest of my budget for the optics. Do a search on groups people get out of Stevens 200, they are impressive for such a cheap gun and leaves more $$$ for optics.