I'm thinking about building a rifle for my father to celebrate his retirement in the upcoming year. His words to me the other day (when I was trying to explain to him what the Rockies feel like) was that if he retires on Tuesday, he'll leave early Wednesday morning for Colorado. So...the man is going to need an elk rifle, as the .25-06 is his mainstay rifle (whitetail is the main prey). He does have a Ruger .270 "mountain rifle" hiding in the safe, but that thing will make you blow snot bubbles from recoil, and I think the too-short barrel probably cuts down on the effectiveness of the round at distance. So here's what I'm thinking so far:
Savage 110 action
Hart or Shilen barrel 26" (can't decide which)
Chambered in 7 Rem Mag
Some kind of stock with decent (but relatively light) weight
Probably a Leupold Mark 4, but that may change as well. Not sure he would be shooting distances that would make him appreciate the Nightforce.
Timney trigger (he's not an Accutrigger fan)
Any suggestions? How can I make it better? Intended purpose would be delivering death reliably to elk anywhere from 0-700 yards. Any suggestions on stock type/make? Thanks for all thoughts!