Re: sub 1000$ Gun (Not Custom)
First of all, you're on the right track with the 30-06. Sounds like you're looking for a "do all" rifle and the 30-06 certainly fits the bill. Factory loads range from 150gr soft points for deer, 168gr match ammo for precision long range, to 220gr soft points for anything that could endanger you.
I haven't read your other posts but there's a lot of questions remaining to be asked. For example, are you 100% sure you want a bolt action? The remington 750 woodsman might be a nice option, as well as a single shot encore. I've got a stainless encore in 30-06 that was the first rifle I took a deer with. I've also got a bolt action heavy barreled savage in 30-06 that I use for target shooting at the range out to 1000 yards.
How far are you capable of shooting now, and how far do you want to be capable of shooting? If you're talking in the 500 yards and less arena then I'd just buy the heaviest barreled savage that you can carry and put a fullfield II with ballistic reticle, or a vortex crossfire with ballistic reticle and be done with it.
How big of an animal are you looking to hunt? At what range will you hope to shoot at? How far are you going to be walking in with this rifle?