Re: THINKING OF A NEW LIGHT GUN
You need to define what you are trying to accomplish. Your range, and accuracy requirements. The projects on this board for the most part are not for everyone. We design our rifles to suit a very narrow and specific need. 95% of all hunting does not require this.
Range and trajectory can be compensated by target turrents and a range finder. Flat, super fast magnums no longer become that necessary (under 700yds on deer). We choose them because we have the experience and desire to be cutting edge. Believe me when I say I shoot my '06 a whole bunch more then my LR rigs when hunting.
I would have no hesitation to take a 600yd shot with my '06 if the situation warranted it. Do I really need that 30 Gibbs? Nope, but I sure like my toys.
When starting out, keep it simple. Learn to shoot out to 500yds then think about what you truly need. A standard cartridge in a reg. hunting rifle will do all that and more.
Your best investment is in good optics (bino, scopes, rangefinder) and reloading supplies (practise, practise, practise). Most commerical off the rack rifles will give satisfactory performance with a little tuning.
But isn't dreaming fun..