Went to Montana for the first time this spring for a black bear hunt and I seriously underestimated the range I would be shooting at. I am looking to put together a rifle to eventually hunt bear/elk at further distances and figured this would be a good place to come for suggestions. Projects are fun and I had read some threads about changing stock and barrel on Remington's and savages...how would this concept work to produce a long range rifle off of a ruger American? Caliber thoughts appreciated as well. Thanks in advance and for the info I have already read and gained from.