I just found out that I will be going on my first elk hunt! I live in the Midwest so the largest rifle I own is a .308. So I am in the market for a new elk / multipurpose rifle. 1st question: what cartridge? As I look at articles I see .300 win mag, 7mm mag, 300 wsm and .338 win mag. mentioned the most. I will probably not be hunting elk with a rifle much, I hunt with archery and muzzleloader the most. Therefore I want a more multipurpose gun for doing some long range work (target and deer / antelope). I would probable not take a shot on an Elk over 500 yards and only if I have confidence in the rifle and the shot conditions. I shoot long-range varmints but big game with rifles is new to me. Here in Indiana we are limited to slugs, muzzleloaders and handguns. I have only hunted out west once for antelope and I used a 7-08 handgun to take him at 200 yards. Some day I would like to own a 6.5 X 284 but the outfitter recommends 300 win mag? What are your thoughts? Most important thing to me is accuracy. If a 300 wsm is inherently more accurate than a 300 win mag. I would lean that way, for example. Also I am a reloader so I can work up loads to fit the rifle. 2nd question based on your answers above, what rifle? I could go cheap and put a 300 win barrel on my Encore? I love my savage rifles but it seems that to have various stock options I might be limited to a short action and therefore a 300 wsm. If I go that route am I limited on bullet choices due to magazine length? Would a vld bullet work with that combination? I would be willing to go custom but I would probably limit my budget to around $2400. I would like to keep the bare rifle to 11 pounds or less if possible. I also have a brand new .308 savage in the gun safe that could be re-barreled and a new bolt face for wsm added? I also have been wanting to get another (I have a custom savage) custom smokeless muzzleloader in .45 to shoot sabot less bullets but I am sure the outfitter might not be too excited about that? Any thoughts on gun / cartridge combinations? I appreciate your feedback!