What will this rifle be primarily used for? If for plinking and playing around, a .223 shoots much cheaper. If for a big game rifle, a 30-06 has more ammo choices and is easier to find cheaper used rifles.
I prefer a bolt action rifle with a lighter tapered barrel for big game due to weight savings. Semi autos promote mutli blast meat loss so I do not reccomend them. One shot, one kill, no need for a 30rd magazine!
Remington 700 gets my vote. I love the 3 position safety on the winchester model 70, but there were some years that they were not up to snuff.