I've got an old Remington 721 that I've been debating on what to do with. It's been either a .280AI or a 6.5x284. I have a .260 Rem now and love it but it weighs close to 15lbs and is definitely not something I want to lug around the mountains too often. I've also got a .338 Edge that while ultra fun to shoot, again isn't something I would want to pack around long if I'm going to be putting serious miles on. So I've decided (until convinced otherwise) to build a .280AI that I can use for elk, deer, bear, antelope, and sheep if/when I ever draw one of those tags. I feel that the slightly bigger and heavier bullet will be better suited for those times chasing elk and bear. Bearing in mind weight, am I going to be disappointed in the performance of a 24" #4 Kreiger or #3 Bartlien barrel? I'll likely finish it with a brake and I know some might argue this but I've come to love to reduced recoil and hop that comes along with one and I don't mind the noise and percussion. So any thoughts on that length and contour of barrel? I was originally considering a #5 Kreiger or #4 Bartlien but with these weighing a full pound more, I'm now leaning towards the smaller contour. Lastly, based on some recent feedback from friends, I'm leaning towards a Manners stock and looking hard at the 'Elite Hunter' or MCS-EH1 stock. I was a big fan of the McMillan A3-5 I had on a previous .300WM but don't want the weight that comes with a full blown adjustable tactical stock and this Manners looks like a good compromise. Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated.