I'm telling you.....280 AI is the way to go.
I Talked to my smith earlier....Yep, .280 AI is gonna be it. Gonna go with a Douglas XX-Match stainless 5-groove 1:9 twist, Sendero contour, finshed @ 26" w/ an 11* recessed match-crown. All trued up on a fully-blueprinted 700 action. Might can even talk him into jeweling the bolt for me, to add some class to it. Still haven't decided on a stock yet. But I should be in a 1,000 yard shooter and precision whitetail rifle for well under $2K...Minus optics.
Now to save up to go buy one of the $379.99 ADL specials from Academy Sports to build off of.
He said one of his other regular customers has one that Mr. Jimmy built for him, and said it was shooting under 1¾" groups @ 700, and just under 2" 3-shot groups @ 1,000. Now, for the record, Jimmy can build a gun like nobody I've ever seen, and he shoots benchrest 1K tournaments and wins. So I know his guns will do it.
So, guess I need to start looking for brass & dies........It never ends..... LOL