Anyone have and idea on what they think is the BEST long range elk round, recoil and weight do not matter.
That opens up a huge can of worms! I'll start the bidding with the 300win mag.
In terms of the rest of your project, I'm a fan of the Remington SPS models. They're fairly inexpensive (~$500). All they initially need is a new stock as the ones they come with are junk . A decent stock will cost you $150+.
Mount your scope on it (assume you already have a scope), and have a gunsmith tune the trigger for ~$60. Then take it out and shoot it. If you're lucky, it will shoot well (I've got two SPS - .308 and .223 and both shoot moa or better).
Project total at this point ~$710
If your rifle does not shoot well or you're just not satisfied with them. You can have it rebarrelled for ~$650.
Project total ~$1360
FYI...I talk the talk and walk the walk...http://www.longrangehunting.com/foru...y-280-a-32771/