I had another thread going and learned a lot, the more I read other threads the more I pinpoint what I want to end up with. My hope is to take a savage and gradually upgrade it to be a lightweight rifle capable of taking blackbear, elk and whitetail out to 800 yards once I am up to it. Whitetail account for 80%, blackbear 18% and elk 2% of my hunting. Was thinking of a caliber in the 280 or 7mm range. Any suggestions on which would function well out of a shorter barrel? Should I stick with short action to keep the weight down?