I have been shooting and hunting for a long time, but I am in the process of putting together (or more accurately), having someone put together my first long range rifle. I want a balance between the best accuracy I can get and a gun weight that would allow it to be used for western hunting. I want to use it for my own enjoyment on the range, but will probably not be using it for serious competition. For barrel length, I am considering a 28" #6 contour stock weighing in at 6lb. What are the tradeoffs between barrel length and contour vs accuracy and weight? I assume I would have the barrel fluted, but that probably wouldn't save more than 1/2 lb. Should I consider the 26" barrel? How about a lighter contour? For overall weight, I thought I would try and stay in the 12-13lb range. But with 2 1/2 lbs for the scope and mounts and a 2 lb action, that means a tactical, adjustable stock at 4 1/2 lbs would get me to 15lbs. A varmit style stock at 2 1/2lb would get me close to the 12 lb target, but would I be giving up accuracy. Also, it seems that fit must very important for long range shooting, hence the adjustable stock. I realize these are pretty basic questions, but with no real world experience I would appreciate any thoughts this knowledgeable goup could provide. Thanks for your help.