I just found this forum a day or two ago and am impressed with all the information you gentlemen possess. I'm looking for your collective recommendations on a western elk and deer rifle. I just got back from my first successful elk hunt, and I got bit by the bug bad. I want to go again and again and again. I would like to either buy or build a fairly long range elk/deer rifle. As far as long range is concerned, I'd like to be able to shoot as far as possible, with a realistic limit of 500+/-yds. I have access to a 600m range and know practice is key. My questions to you folks are several; what caliber would you recommend? I do not reload rifle cartridges (only volume hand
, so I am limited to factory ammo. I have considered the 7mm reg mag, 7 wsm, 7stw, 300win mag, 300wsm, and 300rum. As far as rifles go, I am also very open minded and in need of advice. Do I buy new or build? I like the kimber montana a lot-I have heard they are accurate and certainly are easy to lug up mountains, but I think when the time to shoot arrives, a heavier rifle would be easier and more stable to shoot. I have researched the Sendero SFII to no end (I am a huge 700 fan), especially in 300rum, but I don't know how much fun this will be to lug up and down mountains all day. I have a 700ADL in 30-06 I bought years ago as a back-up rifle. I mounted a scope, sighted it in, and it has sat in the safe for years, so if I decide to build, I have a receiver at the ready. You folks have done this kind of hunting and are doing it presently. What do you think?