Hi Guys! I'm far from "new" to the shooting/hunting world, having hunted for the past 35 years or so. I loved deer and antelope hunting, but have taken a break from it for the last 10 years, because of some things in my life that made me take another course..... (Moved to Russia, got remarried, etc etc). Anyway... for about 20 years, I used a Left Hand Sako A5 in 25-05 and did very well with it. I'd say my longest deer or antelope kill was around 500-550 yards. Anyway, sadly, my sisters husband caught me in the right mood and talked me into trading it to him. Long story short... I need a new rifle as I want to get back into hunting/shooting rifles! My main game will be Deer and Antelope, but I might like to try for Elk one of these days. I'm wanting a gun that can shoot up to 1000 yards but KILL deer/elk up to 6-700 yards. I doubt I'd have a need to shoot game further, but I guess one never knows! So, being a Left Handed guy, my choices are limited a bit..... and I can't spend several thousand on a setup... maybe up to $1500-2000 MAX! I found a LH Sako 338 Win Mag and wanted to get ideas on that cartride firstly.... is it overkill for deer at long range? I'd have to be super careful where I hit one at closer ranges... as I have seen the mayhem of a deer hit by a 338 at 100 yards! Ouch... Hamburger anyone? Next... is the Sako AV an action that anyone likes these days or are there better choices? I am thinking i can get this new Sako 338 for $1000 or less (hopefully) but will pass if it's not the best action. I know Rem 700's are available, and Weatherby, Ruger, Browning and Savage.. I am not too excited about Savage, but the others maybe. Give me some ideas! Should I try an XBolt in 270WSM? Or 300WSM? Are the new XBOLTs any good? What about Rugers or 700 CDL's? I haven't bought a new bolt gun in 30 years, so your thoughts on this will be much appreciated! Thanks!