I know I have more than likely opened Pandora's box here, but here I go anyway. I am looking at going Elk hunting this year with my dad and will need a rifle for this task However I am going to use this need for a larger rifle as a excuse to purchase a long range shooting rifle as a well. I have read quite a few articles and have narrowed it down to a 300 RUM I think!? I really enjoy shooting long range (1,000 yards or more?). This gun will actually be more of a long range shooter to me than a Elk rifle so weight is of no concern at this time. Calibers that have been in the question/interest for me area as follows (6.5x284 300wsm 338 edge) understand if the edge is the decision it will start life as a 300 RUM for a while then upgrade later. I stress I love long range shooting so WEIGHT is not a concern!! If you have a opinion as to a caliber/rifle please explain as to why you feel it is better than others so as I get a better comparison comparison. O and I do prefer to reload simply for cost reasons and well fun! Thanks in advance for all your input!