I've enjoyed lurking & learning here on LRH for quite some time now. I'm looking at the possibiity of my 1st basic build and thought I'd post to get some input. First, some background info. Looks like I will be hunting Hells Canyon for elk this fall and after some initial pre-season hiking & scouting the prospects of 500+ yard shots (if not longer) appear to be very likely. For the past 20+ years I've used a two gun battery, both Remingtons. Both have Leupold VIIs mounted on them. One is a .270 MR w/ a 3x9, the other a .300 WM BDL w/ a 2x7. I've used the .300 for elk & bear and it sports a newer Boyds laminated stock. The .270 has been for deer and all else, and the stock is on its last legs (missing forend tip & generally beat to hell). In years past I've reloaded and have been able to get 1.0"-1.5" MOA accuracy out of both guns. I'm interested in the possibility of putting together a single rifle that I would use for all of my hunting going forward that will enable me to take elk size game out to 600+ yards (assuming I can do my part). I realize with the right amount of work I can probably hit the ground running with my current .300 WM, but after taking my last 4 elk with the .270 while the .300 was out of commission I have to say that I rather enjoyed shooting it vs. taking the beating with the .300. With that said, I'm leaning towards a 7mm RM for the new gun. I realize that the 7mm is not a whole lot different than the .300 recoil-wise, but I'll take whatever I can get. I've also contemplated the .280 or .284, but they seem like they could be marginal for longer range shooting on large game like elk. My question - would these older Remington actions be good candidates for building something new off of or would I be better off selling both and using the cash to start from scratch with a Savage action or gun? I'd like to keep the overall cost in the $1000-$1400 range (including scope) which I think is doable. I'm not interested in investing much more than that until I figure out if the weak link in the shooting equation (me) warrants more expensive equipment. Thoughts?