.270 and 30-06 are still fully stocked on most of the ammo shelves I've visited recently. This would be my choice. I've also fondled a Howa (Japanese) bolt rifle recently. I have to say it was pretty smooth, inexpensive, and has a fine accuracy reputation. Same barreled action as the weatherby vanguard and comes with the houge over mold stock that felt great, and would be fine for hunting duty. $530 or so with a starter optic (nikkor stirling, gets good reviews on the aussie forums, but not really sold here in the US) that could at least let you shoot while you wait for a killer Nikon or Leupold deal...
Good luck, have fun!
Edit: That being said, can't go wrong with a Savage!