If it were me with an unlimited budget, I would buy a McWhorter custom in 28 Nosler, 30 Nosler or 300PRC.
Glass would be Nightforce, Swarovski or Zeiss. You could throw in March scopes too.
For the game you‘re targeting, I, personally use a 264WM, 300WM or 7STW. For Elk I generally prefer my 338, but any of the above get it done.
Give Mcwhorter a call. I have three and all are tack drivers. Since reloading isn’t an option they do load development and will keep you supplied and you won’t have a stock pile of ammo.So my uncle wants me to help him build him a hunting rifle for western big game. The budget is pretty much unlimited. He wants to buy once cry once. I’ve got lots of ideas but would like to hear what you guys would do. This rifle would be used mostly 70% mule deer 30% elk. We live in California so we have to shot mono’s in state but would like to throw heavy BC bullets out of state. Our range goes out to 1 mile and we’ll shoot a lot of steel prior to our hunts. Reloading is probably not a real option because he’d rather buy a couple cases of ammo when he finds what the rifle likes best.
I’m leaning towards 6.5 PRC, 7mag, 300PRC. What would you guys suggest and what components for the build? Essentially build your dream rifle for western big game 700 yards and under.