Steve lives in Pueblo and I live in Hutchinson, KS.
We hunt elk and deer in SW Colorado between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs.
The feeling is mutual about getting together. You have been at it a lot longer than we have and I know we could learn from you.
My newest XP will be a 7mm Dakota center-grip that I hope to have running before May. This is being built with a 2k PD in mind, one mile shooting and of course LR deer and elk.
Kirby is putting it together for me. It is a 1-7 twist Lilja barrel that will be set-up to handle from the 170-200 class bullets. Barrel length will be just smidget under 18 inches. This is the biggest cartridge for me in a specialty handgun. I have shot a 338 Lapua Improved rear grip handgun (shooting molly 300 SMK's), but it is to heavy to haul around in the mountains like Steve and I hunt.
If you have a good smith, use quality materials, build your ammo correctly, combined with a good rest system and optics you can accomplish a whole lot if you are persistent not afraid to fail.