Just starting off with long range shooting. I'm doing the back ground work to try and start off right. I already shoot a lot, but mostly at 100 yards for accuracy and field position practice (off hand, kneeling, sitting etc.). I already do my own reloading. My main goals will be, to learn what it takes to build a long distance rifle, learn more about caliber selection for the intended use, to see how far I can extend my one shot hit range on a 12" target. I don't mind carrying a heavy rifle, I have owned a Remington Sendero in a 300 wm. I hunt elk almost exclusively, but once in a while I will hunt for deer. I know to hone my shooting ability I will first need the right equipment, training, and practice to get to were I want to be. I don't see myself doing any long range hunting any time soon, but I am open to the idea if I have enough confidence in my shooting ability. I need a rifle caliber combo that will allow me to practice a lot, and maybe compete in f-class shooting, as well as do my elk hunting out to 300 yards. If I ever make the decision to do any long range hunting, I hope to have already gained the knowledge I will need to select the caliber and build a dedicated rifle. I am married with 2 kids, and this is only my hobby, sport, and entertainment, so funds are tight, I will need the most bang for my buck. I am looking mainly for help selecting one rifle caliber scope combo to start learning with and still be able to use it for elk hunting. The 308 in a heavy barreled Savage or Remington has already been suggested and that sounds great to me from what I already know. Just wondering if anyone has something else to recommend.