I have a brand new vx3 in 6.5 to 20 lr and a new one in 4.5 to 14 lr i know i should put the 4.5 to14 on it for in close with bears if it happens but not sure on the scope yet. Might need to pick up a new scope maybe? For a muzzle brake fiftydriver sugested the pk brake if he builds it. But i dont want a big bulkey brake to get hung up on the brush. So I still looking for addvice on the build.
Listen to Kirby he won't stear you wrong, the pk is awesome, others have commented favorably about them as well. Either of those scopes are at about 1 pound so that'll help in achieving a 7 pound rig. If you'd a said NF or similar weight scopes then that just makes the goal a little tougher.
Just wanted to say thanks for the info!!! I know its a tough goal and i have learned that there is not a perfect rifle that does everything in my quest for a custom. I will be happy with a 800 yrd rifle but being new not sure if i can get this done in a rifle in 7 pounds bare rifle. That is why so many questions to see what i can expect out of a rifle like this or if i add half pound does that make a diference.