Originally Posted by TOM H
...I was lucky gunsmith is close by so I got to handle the rifles in all the stages of the build so afew things got changed...
It is always very nice to live within an hour or so of your gunsmith so you can make any changes as the build is taking place. When we go to pick our rifles up we almost always think its the perfect rifle, only to figure out sometimes that we wish that we had changed something... and after it is built - change usually means alot more money and more time for your rifle to spend at the gunsmith instead of hunting with you.
To the OP, I would go with a 7mm Rem Mag. Lots of case capacity for what you want to do with it, not so much recoil that you can't deal with it and in a pinch over the counter bullets are pretty much everywhere (if your handloads get lost by the airline...it happens). Muzzle brake with a #4 contour barrel-fluted for weight reduction, light weight stock and you'll be pretty close to your target weight. Either the winchester or the remington action is a great choice along with a jewell trigger. And as I am sure you already know, don't skimp on the glass. Save weight elsewhere but don't just buy a scope because it meets your weight restrictions.
Good luck on your build and let us know what you decide to go with, BK
24" lilja 1-9 twist(they have all different types of contours and will custom make you one also if they don't presently have what you want), nightforce 5.5-20x50, as far as the stock... what ever you like in your weight range.