Thanks guys. This rifle will be mainly for deer and elk with the occasional varmint. I have a fairly modified 220swift for the little guys that I'm pretty partial to. I have and will be using a Leupold V3LR 6.5-20X50 w/30mm tube with varmint reticle (windage and elevation with side focus).
There won't be much wood left when he's done with the stock, more for looks then anything. I should go all glass now, but I want to play a little.
The barrel is my big question. My gun smith likes the Lilja which I'm totally impartial. Just want a good shooter. Length is the other big ??
As you guys know, it's near impossible to choose a caliber these days. I have spend a lot of time going over the ballistics and shooting most of them. Yesterday, I nearly purchased a Weatherby 340mag and a Seiko 338 Lapua, drooling over both for several hours. I left my 7mm STW sitting on the bench in pieces and told my smith to let me sleep on it (Now you got me thinking about that Lapua again