Carry gun for elk
The wife is giving me an elk hunt for Christmas. Sounds like a good excuse to buy a new gun. I've done primarily muzzleloading, so please excuse some ignorant questions.
I've decided on 300 WSM. I've always liked the Rem700 action, and all signs are they're accurate, so that's the combo I want (is there a better action?).
This is where I get fuzzy. My buddy has a VLS in 308 and it's nice and stable. But I wonder what I should want to lug around the mountains. What's considered a good weight for this purpose? I'm willing to add an extra couple lbs onto this number as I'm in considerably better aerobic shape than average (ie, can run 2+ hours at 5:40/mile) and so not concerned with getting around at altitude. I want something I can enjoy shooting too, not some 5lb short-barreled mtn gun than will knock my shoulder off.
Any advice on how to set such a gun up would be appreciated. I'm looking at 500yd capability or so.