I've been an avid hunter and shooter for over 25 years and I'm finally going to bite the bullet and go for a full custom, 1000 yard, long range rifle. I've got quite a few factory rigs that shoot "pretty good" (MOA and a little better), but I'm chasing the holy grail with things that just won't ever get me there. I'm looking for some opinions on a good set up to start with. I'll list my wants/needs and anxiously see what you guys suggest. I've been looking at 300 WM, 7 WSM, 7 Mag to name a few. I'm definitely open to others, but I really don't want to get into making brass, necking up/necking down... I want this rig to be North American capable, up to elk most likely. Moose may eventually be on the ticket, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. That'll be a good excuse to get another rifle later on. Can't go the prom in an old dress. I want something that has what I'd call, a huge shootability factor inherently built it. With that I'm saying - Easy to load for Relatively tame to shoot. My carry gun is a 9mm that I chose for 2 reasons, low recoil and cheap to shoot. The more I shoot the better I am and those two factors, in my opinion, are the two largest limiting factors to most people, at least me for sure. I don't mind spending money on the vehicle, I just don't want to have to fill it up with super unleaded on every fill up, hence 9 over .40 or .45. Anyway, not a carry gun forum I know... Good bullet selection with high BC/heavy for caliber bullet choices Something that doesn't require a 30" tube to get good velocity or have to be pushed at some crazy speed... I'm not looking for a barn (barrel) burner. Let me know what y'all think.