RE: Best 30-06 for the money.
These are rifles that sale for under $400. I would look to the Weatherby vangurd, Savage, & Remington ADL synthetic. Also, don't rule out looking in local gun shops or gun shows that carry used rifles. Often times a good rifle with a quality scope can be bought for considerably less than buying a new rifle alone. Such as, I purchaed a Remington 700 BDL 30-06 for a friend at a recent gun show. The rifle with a Leupold Vari-X II 3-9X40 went for $550. The gun was a few years old a looked like new with only one small scratch on the stock forend about 3/4" long. The gun alone sales for more than the combo if bought new. At the range the gun shot 1-3/8" groups with core-lokts.