I have been pondering this for a few months now. I want to build a new rig. Seems easy but it ain't. The list of goodies would be a 700 action bedded into an A5 converted to a single shot, barrel would finish at 30 depending on the round chosen, Jewel trigger. OK now that is out of the way what round. Nightforce scope. I have a few in the 6mm dept but I want to go bigger. I'd like to shoot ground hogs but maybe a deer here and there. 6.5 x 284 imp. It's a proven round with a nice BC on some of the heavier bullets. Does it have the energry for a nice kill at long ranges. Of course shooting at a target at a defined yardage is going to take allot of the guess work out plus you don't have to kill paper. Then I have given thaught about a 300 RUM with a 1x14 twist barrel. Shoot like a lazer the first 500 yards using lighter bullet but what happens when it moves out into the 7-1k yardage. 300 Lazzaroni Patriot seems to fit that bill also in a short action. Now take it further 300 Lapua Mag Great bullet selection in the 180-210 grain bullets. Hotter round less barrel life, brass is a given since it's the best out there. Well what's your take on this. Am I headed in the right direction or am I overlooking some things, does slow and steady win this race or shear horse power with the heavier bombs landing do a better job.