I was looking for a deer rifle this summer. I wanted a 30-06 with a wood stock.
I was watching the classified ads for a couple of weeks and settled on a Ruger M77 that was mfg. in 1977. For being over 30 years old, it was in great shape and come with a vintage Leupold 3-9x scope. Nicely stocked, it is a very nice rifle.
Got it for half the price of a NIB Ruger M77 Hawkeye.
So, I would suggest you might find a very nice older rifle that meets or exceeds your needs in the used market.