Have been shooting for many years. After shooting the garden variety 30/06 for ages (still a lot of fun), I got into big bore stuff and have had a blast with it. Now I'm interested in shooting something with a bit more reach... 600 or more yards. Can any of the members give advice on a good rifle which will form a foundation for me to explore whether this will be a real interest or not? I don't want to spend a bank and then decide I'm not really interested in long shots. In the same token, I don't want to spend money and then find that I should have spent more to get started. That's life... we want it all our way don't we? No seriously, I just want to make a sensible first purchase in a rifle, ideally something I can build on. Tikka and Savage seem to be a name that comes up frequently in my trolling on the internet. I'm also very interested in one of the 300 mag variants. I don't mind 'building' or modifying my rifle and adding things to it as I develop my own philosophy. So any suggestions on where to get started, I would greatly appreciate it. Many thanks in advance for tolerating another noob on the forums. I promise to treat future noobs nicely once I know what I am doing. EDIT: I'm looking for a gun I can carry in the field, rather than a bench gun. My primary quarry will be deek/elk in the rockies.