Originally Posted by mymaro
I would like to to stay under 1000
Well heck you can do tons for under 1k! Whenever I build a rifle I always go for something that is capable of doing everything. Remember, Fear not the man with several rifles, fear the man with 1 that knows how to use it... Anything that a 308 can do a 260 remington can do better and if you're a handloader than the brass costs the same. If you're looking for something that is good at 3 and 400 yards that does not kick significantly a 6.5 X 284 Norma is about the best thing out there, it is capable of killing elk at long range yet still very effective at short range. the brass is a little more expensive than a 260 Remington but you do get a little more performance as well. I recently purchased a Remington short action from a pawn shop for 300 bucks. Then I'm going to rebarrel it to a 6.5 x 284. between the lathe work (125$ fit and chamber) and the barrel cost itself (300$ for a #4 hart) It should come out to 725$ total and I will do the stock work myself! Not bad for a solid 9.5 pound gun (including the scope)!
Here's a savage I did. Believe it or not this is the same stock. It is now fully bedded and fully floated plus now the cheek comb matches me perfectly!