I am trying to get my thoughts in order for a build I want to start after the first of the year. What I know for sure is that I want to do the work myself and so it will be based on a Savage action, likely a pac-nor barrel and Stockade stock. My biggest hangup is deciding on a caliber. Current thoughts center around a 7mm something because of the selection of high BC bullets out there. In all likelihood I will gravitate towards the Bergers or Accubonds. I also want this rifle to be light enough to carry some so I am thinking short action and no more than a 26" barrel 24" would be even better if I can get the performance I want from it. The rifle is going to be intended for whitetail deer out to 1000-but more likely 800 and under. Elk to 500 and if things work out, a Caribou trip in 2010. What caliber would you recommend? I am currently thinking in terms of a 7wsm or 7RSAUM. I like the .284Win. but I don't think it will throw the 168gr+ bullets with enough authority from a short barrel. Single shot is ok, Mag fed would be better. If its not going to feed right I would just assume have a single shot. I have also thought about a 280AI as long as it will eject an empty. To top it off it sure would be nice if I could more or less bet on at least 1000 rounds of accurate barrel life. More of course would be better. This will be a hunting rifle first, but of course I want to be able to practice with it without constantly wearing out barrels! Am I asking too much? What would you recommend?