Leupold CDS and advice on 1st midweight LR rig
I recently found this website, and wish I would have a long time ago. I have a couple questions for those more knowledgable than I about my rifle/optics system I am using.
What I have is a custom Winchester 264 win mag with a 25"#3 fluted barrel and a Leupold VX 3 6.5x20 with the Varmint Hunter reticle. I have successfully used this rifle on many coyotes & a couple deer out to 450yds and targets out to 600. I have an accurate reload with a Hodgden extreme powder for this rifle that I would build a turret for, and I have chronographed it at high and low temperatures.The rifle is fairly heavy when I head for the mountains, weighing 10lbs ready to hunt. I have a thumbhole walnut stock on it now and would like to switch to a lighter stock and maybe lighter scope for a muley hunt this fall.
Now for the questions
Is the CDS system reliable, and what reticle or method do you use for windage holds with this system? I looked at the CDS turret order form and saw that they asked for much less information than some companies want which concerned me a little.
I have Leupold VX3's in 6.5x20 and 4.5x14, all with the VH reticle that I would consider getting turrets for. What scope would you recommend for long range deer and elk?
Next question, what stock would you recommend for a M70 Classic magnum action to drop the weight without compromising accuracy?
Thanks for the feedback.