Okay. I have been shooting my whole life; rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows, you name it. I like to shoot and got into skeet shooting last year. Shot >5,000 rounds and like it. However, I think rifles are more my style. I don't really like deer hunting (rifle) in Louisiana because at the range I typically shoot (<200yds), it is not really a challenge. I stumbled on this site and have been reading a lot for the past few days. Here is the situation. If a person wanted to get in this game, what would you experts suggest? The gun will be used for Deer, Elk, Bear, and target shooting. I don't really have a preference for caliber, but from reading here, I assume 7mm RUM or .300 RUM. I would like to build/buy now and be able to grow from 500-1000yds with the same set up. The budget is ~$7,000 and that will have to cover gun, scope, case and bi/tripod. I would like to buy/build the best possible within the budget.