30-06 Barrel Contour / Length
I'm an experienced shooter, but a newby to customised rifle builds. Have begun spec'ing out a Rem 700 w/ 30-06 action; the goal is top-notch long range accuracy (500 - 1,000 yd.). I know that proper action truing / bedding, barrel grade, etc. are critical considerations; and wish to focus this discussion on selecting the right barrel contour and length, for maximum performance and consistency with the 30-06 round.
A couple of important notes:
I'll be running factory loads through the weapon; am not set up for custom reloading. At this point, my ballistics research has steered me to these two rounds; but I welcome thoughts on other options:
1) Federal Premium, Trophy Bonded® Tip, Vital-Shok, P3006TT4
2) Hornady SST® Superformance®, 81183
The stock, which should arrive soon, will be a Manners Remington 700 MCS T (Monte Carlo Style); which accepts anything Up to a #8 Barrel. This leads me to another question - is a #8 Straight Taper barrel also called a Bull Barrel?
The stock will have a Pachmyer Decel pad installed and, to minimize recoil, I am seriously considering having a Muzzle Break installed as well. Again, I welcome performance related comments on this plan (I know it will be loud!).
Thanks, in advance, for any advice...