Re: The perfect caliber
I don't believe in the perfect caliber. There are many good ones, but if someone was to hear me say there was a perfect one, then I wouldn't be justified in owning so many guns!
But if I had to choose one to meet your criteria I would go with these:
6.5-.284 with 140 bergers at 3000+. Fits your needs except for the barrel life. 1500 rounds max before set back needed.
300 Short mag with 180 bullets built on a long action to seat the bullets way out of the case. ALso may be a bit optimistic on barrel life of 2000 rounds.
But I think the best one may very well be the 280 AI shooting 160 accubond. Good barrel life, enough poop to kill elk at 800 yards, and easy on the pocket book. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
If it's not far, it's boring.