Any long range hunting I do would be most varmints to help out farming friend and predators such as coyotes for the same reason.
My wife won't eat wild game, and I won't kill it if we don't eat it. She has a pretty discerning palate, and although she has no qualms about eating meat, she likes hers to be very mild, leaving out most game animals.
I have tried to sneak moose and elk in there, no luck!
She has tried buffalo, and liked it, but no where around here to shoot buffalo!!
If I go the high dollar route, it will be a .338 Edge (or similar) or a an Allen Mag, no doubt. My custom rifle will be built by either Shawn or Kirby, and I'll have one of each if I can afford it!
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
This is just my $.02.....I really like the .30 Hart and the .338 Hart... They are deadly accurate and can be easily built to under your weight limit.
I am not familiar with these gun builders you mentioned but am god friends with Bob Hart and he builds a fine rifle.....at a reasonable price www.rwhart.com
do you have reloading tools and have you ever reloaded? If you don't you my want to look at a 300RUM ,338RUM ,300WSM if you feel you need a large rifle. but if you are just going to shoot varmints i would be looking at a smaller round that there is a lot of good factory ammo for and a 243, 308 , 30-06 is going to be hard to beat. Kirby is sending my edge to me this week. but there not cheap to build are shoot. time every thing is done i will be at around 4500.00 for the rifle and scope before i ever shoot it. i can shoot my 243,308,300wsm a lot more for a lot less. with the edge are any AM you will have to reload for it and if you don't have the tools for it there goes another 500-700.00. but if you can reload and don't mind spending the money the edge is the way to go for you first custom and Kirby is guy to go with. I'm going to have him build me a 375AM next. like you said more guns than i need!!!!!!!