Hey All! First off, I have been looking for a website like this forever. It is the first one where I have found that newbies are not flamed for their questions. I've been doing a lot of searching on a good hunting rifle that is good to reach out and 'touch' and elk/moose at about 800 yards. From what I have been able to read, 300 is the most recommended. But I read an thread that talked about 338-300. Is this another way of just saying .338? I've been bouncing back and forth between a 300 WM, 338 WM and 338 RUM for my Alaska rifle. I'm not going to be putting 1000s of rounds a year and shot groups of 1 inch is not too important to me, right now at least. But I would like to be able to take down a moose from 800-1000 yards away. I've been leaning toward the lighter weight rifles. This is just because I will be in the Alaskan back country. What is the opinion on the Savage Weather Warrior 116FHSAK or Rem 700 XCR? I'm a Leupy junky. I was planning on getting the Mark 4 8.5-25x500mm LR/T w/illum mil dot reticles. Later down the road I would like to get a nice LR heavy rifle, maybe Savage model 12 varmint low-profile in a 300 WSM. Am I on the right track? Any suggestions and/or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone in the MD area that would like to become a 'mentor'?