I am currently in the market to get myself a nice hunting rifle setup. I have quite a bit of shooting experience with both small and large calibers but have only begin hunting and taken my first game this past fall with the help of a few buddies. I really enjoyed it and its something I see myself doing for the rest of my life. With that being said I am looking to come prepared next season with my own rifle in hand. What I am looking for is a great all-around, big-game gun that will last me well into the fore-seeable future. I do believe in quality-over-quantity and really would like to do my research and get a setup (rifle & scope) that I will not feel the need to "upgrade" in 5-10 years when I'm more experienced and am after "trophy" animals like some of my buddies who have been hunting since they were kids do. Most shots will be taken at at least 200 yards and will range out to as far as I can prove to myself to have the ability to efficiently shoot ethically kill... I want a gun that is capable to shoot and kill past the level I set for myself as to have room to "grow" into the range and expand my abilities (hope that makes sense). I've done a fair amount of research via the internet and speaking with some experienced hunters and have concluded that the 7mm Rem Mag is, (among many other cartridges I'm sure) a great round to suit my big-game hunting desires here in Idaho. The flat and fast nature of the round is appealing to me and it has the ability to take large game from a great distance which is a trait that will be quite valuable in some of the terrain I will be hunting up here...oh and it is widely available. The .270 Win was also in consideration as was the highly-decorated .30-06 but I feel the 7mm Rem Mag is a good fit. Also considered some larger mags like .300 Win Mag which would be great for elk BUT i feel it would be overkill for deer...especially the whitetail up north that I will be hunting fairly often. I will mostly be hunting deer and elk but will surely at some point also try for black bear and moose (when i can get a tag) as well as the possibility of going up to hunt Caribou with a relative in Canada. Versatility and ability to take a wide variety of game is top priority with this rifle. As far as the kind of hunting i plan to be doing? Im not sure. It'll probably vary as I become more experienced and have established game-rich areas. My first trip this fall consisted of spotting and stalking as well as setting up at a location prior to dawn where game was known to heavily pass through in which I was able to take a nice, comfortable and un-rushed shot. Therefore I am not looking for a SUPER lightweight rifle nor one that is extremely heavy. Part of me would actually rather endure a slightly heavier rifle if it means improved stability, recoil management and most importantly...accuracy. Also should probably note that Im looking for at least 24" barrel and ideally a 26" given my chosen caliber. That being said however, I still dont want an EXTREMELY heavy rifle. Okay so with all that taken into consideration what are some good rifles and scopes that would suit my needs. As I said I am interested in quality over quantity and am willing to put some decent cash into this....say $2,000 - $4,000 for rifle, scope and necessary accessories (e.g. scope rings, mounts, sling, upgraded recoil pad, etc.). I have found a few items that have spikes my interest as follows: RIFLES - Sako 85s / Weatherby Mark V / Remington 700 Sendero / Kimber 8400s SCOPES - Leupold VX-3s / Swavorski Z3s / Vortex * Just a note that this past fall I used a buddy's Tikka T3 Light with a Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x50 in 7mm Rem Mag. Loved the scope but not the gun...It shot well but just felt too 'flimsy' to me and wasn't a fan of its use of plastic. Positive input will be very much appreciated...negative input will not. Thanks!