Ok a loaded question I know. But I am looking for some imput/.advice suggestions, opinions!! I want to build a 7mm08( firm on that caliber), I want to keep it small, and easy to shoot to 300 yards( yes not that far) but its for a walking rifle to hunt in big woods! so no open flat land gun! so 26 inch tubes and heavy bbls are out! not a long range build! just a good hunting rifle! I am not looking to make it an ultra light gun, but would like to keep it on the lighter side.as to heavy! I am thinking a 20 inch barrel,( but not set on that, could go longer or shorter) but looking for advice on what size barrel contour, and brand barrel! and if I want it fluted or not!! and what lenth you would! I am thinking about getting a model 7 remington action for this build up!!, or just a factory model 700. But I am leaning towards a stainless steel action. Next, I want to have it coated to keep it weather friendly in all weather, so what coating do you recommend? and last, what stock, I have several guns with McMillian's and love them all! never a problem. But they have so many models anymore, what models do you's like for a light field gun?? or just in genneral, so many different stock makers out there any more, would one of them be worth a try! and all in all, I would like this gun to look custom, so any unique option's that are actually functional, please feel free to say them! I have a good smith/builder at hand, but plan to buy the parts, and have him assemble for me. I know in the end, all will be to mine to decide, but I found that some times reading what others would build, gives me some new thoughts and can help me decided. So how about some ideas guys!