Howdy to all. I am from SW Idaho and having moved here just 3.5 years ago I have obtained a great appreciation for the wide open spaces here and have found a growing desire to be able to reach a little farther for my deer and elk. I am trying to decide which direction to take, send my recently purchased used Mod 700 in 7MM rem to a smith to try and get a 1/2 moa gun or buy a gun that comes with a 1/2 moa guaranty - HS Precision Pro Series. My situation: 1. Hunter first. Deer, Elk, Antelope. My desire here is to take advantage of my terrain. I'm not as motivated by the technical aspects. 2. I won't shoot at a distance until I have become proficient at it and want a gun capable of a lot of rounds, so I don't prefer a cartridge that will burn out barrels quickly. 3. I do reload, though I just started and am just past the beginner stage. 4. I don't need a speep hunters/high country style light rifle, but I'm 40 now and need a gun I can carry up and down these steep hills without too much discomfort. 5. I don't prefer to get my shoulder overly bruised. I am comfortable shooting my current 7MM, but currently don't want a break mostly because I don't want to deal with getting sand-blasted if the muzzle is too close to the ground on a prone position shot. Currently I am most interested in staying in the 7MM Rem Mag range, but I have considered the 300WSM or Win Mag for the benefit of Elk mostly. I am very impressed my some of the faster cartridges like the 300rum, etc but I fear the recoil. In our house we also shoot .243Win w/ .95gr part, .270Win and .280Rem w/ 140 gr Accubonds, so when I look at the 7MM Mag w/ 160 gr or possibly 300 Mags w/ 180 Gr bullets I get almost identical drop data around 3000 fps. This helps when we are all hunting together. Sorry to be long winded but I know additional information is usually solicited when these types of questions are asked. Two questions. 1) Which route on the rifle - gunsmith or HS Precision. BTW the cost is a factor, but having just the past few years finally invested in good glass(swaro) I really believe quality counts. 2) Is the 7MM Rem shooting 160/168 Gr bullets good enough for deer/ant to 800 yards and elk to 600-700 yards, and how much does the extra grains of a 300 outweigh the extra pounding my shoulder would take for a couple hundred rounds per summer. Any other input would be helpful P.S. Any other previous attendees of Basic long range Hunting class at Defensive Edge in No Idaho have any feedback.