Hey all. I am new to the site. I have been toying with the idea of doing a custom or semi custom rifle build for a while now and this site has been an excellent source of information. First, a little background on what I am trying to do. My rifle hunts are limited, as I am mainly an archery hunter. There are, on occasion, though so rifle hunts that I can do every year. Basically my target species are everything from coues deer to bears to elk. I am looking for a rifle with 1000 yard capability, but will more then likely never have to actually shoot that far. I am guessing 700-800 yard shots will be the norm. I have never shot those distances, so my plan is to get the rifle and with a ton of practice, be ready to shoot by the 2011 fall hunting season. I have narrowed my caliber choices down to the .300 RUM and the 6.5x284. I haven't really ruled out any other caliber but these two I like the most. My question is if it's really possible to do a custom build for under $1000? I already have a Leupold VariXIII 6.5x20 sitting in the safe for this gun. Only thing I need to do is get it sent off to add turrets. I am a serious rookie when it comes to this stuff, so bare with me. I am still in the learning phase! Thanks in advance for all the input. I appreciate it.