I think you are asking quite a bit for one calibre, but it sounds like 300 WSM and/or 300 Winchester Mag would be able to meet most of your requirements. But probably the best choice would be the .300 Dakota, if you can live with a proprietary cartridge.
I'll cast my vote for the 300 Win Mag. Should get you a little more velocity than the short mag with the 200 gr bullet and unsurpassed accuracy potential.
I have a 338RUM for my elk rifle and I wanted something else for a backup. Almost bought a 300RUM, but went with the 300 Win Mag due to basically the same reasons you have listed.
If you want an excellent long range gun for anything smaller than elk, it would be hard to beat the 7mag or the 264Mag. The 160 gr AB would be hard to beat in 7mm. No need for a muzzle brake with these calibers, either.
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The more that I look at the perimeters that you have set, the more convinced that my choice of 300WM in the Sendero was a good one, as it meets your requirements perfectfully.
Getting 2,950 with the Accubond is no biggie, I have seen that some have achieved a little over 3,000FPS, but I haven't yet. Looks like the simple & cost effective way for you also, though not an exotic choice.
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Well guys, I am getting into more and more into shooting 1000 yards plus, so it looks like I'm going to keep my 300 RUM chambering. I'll just be getting a 28" barrel/w brake. I'll be shooting the 225g wildcat. As far as a smaller cartridge, I was talking with kirby about the 6.5 AX to be chambered down the road in my rem .270. That would almost fit the bill, but I think I want some PUNCH when my bullet gets to 1000 yards for elk and bears. Thanks for all the suggestions, they were all taken into serious consideration. I really like the 7 wsm, but does not quite have the punch for 1000 yard elk/bears. The 6.5 AX will be the long range deer rifle to 1000 yards, and will get me to 1200 yards at least for targets. The 300 RUM will get me to 1500-1600 yards for targets, so that will make me a happy camper [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Have you considered the 270wsm?
I have witnessed 3 shots @100m grouping between 13mm and 22mm with factory loads from “sporter” factory (expensive [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img])rifles, Imagine what a custom “LR bean field gun” could achieve...