I am looking at buying a new rifle. I am pretty committed to 7mm Rem., although I have considered 28 Nosler as well. This would be my primary hunting rifle for elk, mule deer, hopefully desert bighorn at some point, ect. The rifle needs to be all weather, able to be carried, put in a scabbert on a horse, ATV, ect. I'm looking to keep the entire package (rifle, scope, bipod) under $4,000. This rifle would also be my introductory into extending my range as shooter. I've rarely taken shots over 300 yards in the past. I want a rifle that I can start pushing that range outwards with. Of course I understand that's mostly on myself not the rifle but this would be the rifle that I learn and practice with to extend my range. I've handled a few contenders, Christensen Arms Ridgeline and Mesa (I really like the Traverse on paper but they didn't have one in the store), Fierce Edge, and a Cooper. I liked the feel of the Fierce the best, but it's also the most expensive, meaning a cheaper optic. I'm looking for any recommendations or advice on both rifle and scope. How much should be spent on rifle vs. scope? I have always focused more on the rifle in the past but I'm starting to think I need to save more for the scope. Any input would be appreciated!