Sounds like good progress. I am personally going with a Huskemaw scope
on my 300 RUM. The reason i picked the RUM is the ability to load it both hot for long range big critters and load it down if my 13 yr old wants to shoot a deer with it. Did u decide on which brake u are going to run on it. I think i am going to have the muscle brake 4 port put on mine by a gunsmith here locally since i can take "gun stuff" into my work and i dont have access to another lathe. Good luck cant see it finished.
Where u located at in Alaska? I hunted almost 20 yrs ago out of eagle river ona moose and bear hunt.