I just found this site and it's got some great info! I'm planning a project for a long range rifle that I can shoot at 1000 yards for fun, and has the capability for elk at 600+ (maybe 750?). I've got it narrowed down to either the 300 or 338 RUM or go to the 338 Lapua. One suggestion was barrel it to 338 RUM, and if it didn't have enough 'snort', rechamber to 338-300RUM. I already have a very accurate 25" barreled 300WSM, so I'm leaning towards the 338's. Barrel length 27 or 28" sound about right? Also I'm still undecided on the action. I'm thinking the Stiller Tac, or a Surgeon and possibly the Lawton. With either of the actions and the capabilities of the rifle, is there any REAL advantage to the repeater versions? It will add to the overall cost and I'm wondering on the real benifit vs. action rigidity, etc... The Surgeon really looks quite stout and I'd imagine the repeater would be fine in that regard. As for stocks, it comes down to tactical vs. practical for me as to the weight and balance of the finished rifle. I have a very good lathe, and am doing all the work myself, and planning on an initial $2000-$2500 to get the action, barrel and stock together---I want accuracy and quality here. So given those thoughts, what would be your recommendations???????? Also, what weight would be a reasonable target? I want something I will be able to pack around a bit and was hoping for 12lbs or so, but can go up if it will mean an overall improvement in accuracy and shootability. Any and all thoughts/recommendations welcome, and thanks in advance. Oh, and one more thing, which muzzlebrake would you recommend and why?