I "lurk" around this forum, and have been a member for awhile, just never posted. I very much appreciate all the valuable information I've read here. My name is Bob, I'm a retired Wildlife Manager Supervisor who used to work for Arizona Game and Fish Dept. and before that for the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife. My wife works for the BLM, and she got a job up here in Salmon, Idaho so I retired and joined her. Two kids, our son graduated last year from Southern Utah University (just got a job with BLM), and our daughter is still attending. How did I get interested in Long Range Hunting? I'll blame my son who is a former Army Ranger, and who has a fanatical interest in not only tactical firearms, but also in Long Range hunting with "traditional" bolt action rifles. He talked me into converting my old model 700, .30 - 06 (purchased in 1971), into a 6.5 x 284. I've been having way too much fun ever since, and believe I'll have this barrel worn out if I don't calm down! I've reloaded since High School, but I'm really getting carried away now! Lots of opportunity for long range hunting in this area!