Ok all, I'm going to ask for some experience here. I'm thinking about building a custom gun for my daugher & would like for her to have this gun the rest of her hunting life. Want the gun to be very accurate & this is what I have on my list so far: 26" Shilen Barrel Select Match Grade 6mm - http://www.shilen.com/pricesRifleBarrels.html McMillan stock in SAKO VARMINT - http://www.mcmfamily.com/mcmillan/hunting/sako.asp Shilen standard trigger Remington 700 Action Here are some of the questions & something to consider is that we will be hunting from a deer stand & not stalking: Barrel length - would the 26" be to much for a youngster say 8yrs old? 6mm Remington - Is the recoil going to be to much? Would like to make the gun on the heavy side to lighten up the recoil. Also considering using some of Conley Precision ammo & the 90gr Scirocco sounds pretty good - http://www.cpcartridge.com/6remP.htm Scope will come later, want to build gun first.