OK so i'll jump right in and let you know what I have to work with... Rem 700 Sendero 25/06 I purchased new many years agoi that is still in 100% condition. With my handloads it consistantly shoots .50 - .75 inch groups at 100 yards. It's equiped with a Leupold 4.5X14 VXIII X 50MM and a Harris bipod all of wich was installed the day I brought her home. Now on to what I would like to do! I would like to find a gunsmith who could ream me a Krieger or similar quality barrel in 7MM Rem SAUM 28" inches long with a contour that would match the existing bull barrel in order to be able to use the same stock if possible. I like the factory stock and unless i'm going to loose out on accuracy I have no problem using it in this project. I was thrilled with the factory accuracy and will be thrilled if the gun comes back in 7MM SAUM and shoots the same group size. My understanding is that because the rifle started life as a long action I will have no problem seating 180 VLD Bergers way out where they need to be because of the magazine length. Thats a good thing right? I intend for this rifle to be primarily for ringing steel at 800 yards or so and that ever important once a year Elk/Moose hunt! I have the 6.5 Grendel for Coyotes out to 800 Yards and a nice factory Rem 700 in .257 Weatherby for pronghorn and Mulies. I know I rambled there a bit but i'm very excited about jumping feet first into the "semi custom" bolt world and I need your guys help and input so I do not make a mistake I cannot afford. The only thing I am dead set on is the caliber. It's the best BC you can get thats 100% lethal on Elk/Brown bear and I allready have a 6.5 so 7MM it is. So, where do I start!