Looking to get back into the sport of LR hunting. When I was younger, my fathers friend gave me the opportunity to take whitetail at long range with his 6mm bench gun. Since he passed (6 yrs ago), I have strayed from LR, and rifle hunting in general. I'm an avid bowhunter, and after taking quite a few deer with the bow, I do not find the enjoyment of taking a deer with a sporter rifle - just not much of challenge to me, which is why I've decided to build a LR gun. Specs will be as follows: Stevens 200 Action - picked up a NIB .243 for 285. I will chamber this rifle in 7mm-08 shooting 162 gr amax. Shilen 26" barrel - 1:9 twist Aftermarket trigger of some sort (haven't decided yet) Thumbhole stock. Undecided on optics as of now. I'm excited to get back into the sport and look forward to learning from everyone on here as I progress through my build. Thanks for all the help you have all provided already.