Im new to long range hunting and plan on going elk hunting and cant deside on a 24 inch barrel or 26 inch. Maybe fluted? a slightly heavier barrel? carbon or stainless? Love my savages but bolt lift almost touches scope and they are a touch heavier. Remington, Savage, Ruger,Winchester, a custom under or around a grand? Where do i begin to look or look at for such a gun and then next would be a scope to match its long range capabilities, Leopold? NightForce? US Optics? Nikon?