I would like to learn how to shoot long range (800+ yards) and possibly get into some local competitions in the future. The rifle I would build would be used at ranges only, so not out walking through the woods. Being green on the subject I was hoping some of you could point me in a good direction to start with. I would like to keep the rifle (action, barrel and stock) somewhere close to or under $2,000. I was thinking about a Remington 700 action, but what I've read so far says for precision rifles they aren't that great. Two other manufacturers I read about were Surgeon and Barnard. If I spent $1,200 on a quality action like that, will it last through multiple barrels and be worth it? What action have you used that you would swear by? I kind of liked the McMillan A5 stock with the idea of a bipod being put on it. And I have no idea where to start on a barrel. For a caliber I have read about long range cartridges being from the 6.5 Creedmoor to the .338 Lapua and bigger. I was considering something smaller like the 6.5 Creedmoor to keep recoil to a minimum. Would I have to have a certain size caliber to shoot in competitions if I chose to? I do reload, so that wouldn't be an issue. And I would also like the action and barrel to be stainless steel (but that's not a requirement). I have about five months before I'll be back in the states so I figured if I do this I need to get started on it. To make a long story short here are my basic questions. 1. Best action for around $1,200 (internal mag preferred, not single shot) 2. Best barrel for around $3-400 3. Is there better stocks than McMillan? 4. Your opinions on a suitable long distance (bench rest) caliber? 5. Can't forget a scope, I'd say around $1,500 for that (I was thinking nightforce or leupold). I know I can't be cheap on this piece. As I mentioned I don't know much about long range shooting, so if my information is wrong please correct me. Any other information/advice you are willing to share on the subject would be greatly appreciated.