Definitely consider taking a look at the Tikka T3 series of rifles. I've never owned one but I've handled many, and man are they smooth to operate! I've also heard nothing but awesome reviews on this rifle.
I'd specifically look at the Tikka T3 Hunter, in 30-06.
You can find it HERE
, technical specifications can be found at the bottom of the page, and the rifle retails for around $700 I believe.