Re: LR preschooler needs advise!
First, welcome to LRH.
If you want to get involved in LR hunting, then reloading will save you money in the end, even though it will cost money up front. Good loading manuals will help you get the basics down.
The Remington 700 is a good way to start and any good accuracy smith can build you accurate rig with it as its base.
Depending on your style of hunting, conditioning, etc, will determine how heavy of a rifle you can carry in the field.
Personally, I would rather build off of a Remington, than a Savage, but Savage makes some very good factory rifles as well and you may get in to it cheaper.
Look for used rifles. Very few hunters shoot out their barrels.
Their are a number of good gunsmiths on this site, who can build you the rifle of your dreams (once you decide what you really want).
The LR game can get expensive, but you can slowly build toward what you ultimately want.
What kind of animals will you be hunting?
How far would you like to be able to shoot on game once you get set-up?
What kind of distances do you have access to for practice?
If I was on a budget and wanted to get started, I would find a used synthetic Savage with Accutrigger, and a used S-3 Sightron 6-24.
A number of cartridges would work to get you started:
Since I don't have a clue what you intend to hunt I will list a few that would interest me in a rifle:
260 Remington, 7mm-08, 280 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum.
You can really do a lot with the first two cartridges that I listed, and they have good manners and are easy to shoot. IF you know you want a long action for future builds, the 280 can take you long ways.
Do I shoot some bigger cartridges? Yes, but I didn't start that way.
Good luck and give us a better idea of what you are wanting to accomplish.