I am in the process of buying a new rifle & scope and I would like to be good to 500 yards for elk size game. I never intend to shoot this far but I want to be able to if required. Most shots will be at 100 yards with an occasional 300 yard shot. Currently I have taken only 1 animal over 125 yards - it was 300 yards (elk). I live in Ohio where hunting with a rifle is illegal and ranges over 100 yards are rare. In other words I do not have a big background in rifles. I have been hunting with a .280 remington 700bdl and a remington 7600 30-06 (pump). I am looking to upgrade, mostly for bigger game, and the newer scopes/turrets etc interest me too. I am currently looking at a tikka T3 stainless steel & synthetic stock in 300 winchester mag. This will be for all around hunting big game, mostly elk with occasional Alaskan moose, brown bear and bison. I would like a light gun when finished for fly in trips where weight is a big factor. I plan to tame it with a good limbsaver recoil pad, install new quaility rings and get the trigger set at a preffered trigger weight for me. 1. The "short" name for this cartridge is 300wsm right? 2. Any suggestions so far? 3. Do I need a gunsmith to adjust the trigger or can I DIY? 4. I am considering adding a muzzle break, but it must be removable - if I add it - ideas? This can be added later. I want to have a rifle I can use for 40 years and easily get ammo/parts for. Thanks DonV Ohio PS you may have seen me on bowsite & monster mulies under the same screen name.