I think i am over-thinking things. I want a good rifle for deer/antelope/etc, but also want to be equipped should i draw an elk tag - never been elk hunting before. I've got a 280 being built by Darrell Holland but could change that to a 280AI, or buy a 300 mag in addition, or just use the 280 for elk. Other option is to spend less on a factory Remington 300 mag and get it trued up and/or barrel and/or stock. Knowing that guns last a long time, I have thought about two guns. But at the same time, how often will I use the 300 mag - probably only on elk trips, i.e. once every few years. What sayeth the hive?