I shoot an elk or two every year... well, most years, so I shoot a lot of paper, distant rocks, and especially varmints with my big game rifles to stay sharp. My idea of a great elk rifle is something of a decent weight to carry, and varmint rifle accuracy. My current #1 is about 8lb scoped and ready to go. It is an Allen Precision 270 WSM. Stiller action, Satern barrel, Jewell trigger, Manners stock, Talley bases and rings, and a 2.5-10 Nightforce. I am shooting 140 gr Berger hunting VLD's at a chronoed 3080 fps. The G7 ballistic software I am using corrected the velocity to 3170 to match the actual drops in the field. This is programmed into a G7 BR2 rangefinder, which is giving me spot on ballistic solutions. Annny way... aside from all the crowing about my new baby, here is a pic of a first shot, cold barrel marmot taken last week at 592 yards. I was out with a friend today scouting for 1K+ marmots with my long range rifle, when I happened to spy one out at 354 yards. Just for fun I ranged and shot with the .270. Another first shot, cold barrel marmot gave up the ghost. This little rifle is just too much fun!