Well guys I was almost talked into leaving this project by the way side, for fear of the recoil stopping my heart. Ya just can't believe all ya hear these days or read in the newspaper.
Mystickplayer............ I am researching those stocks myself at the present time and hope to come up with a solid solution that will help out with sighting through the scope without pains and recoil too......thanks!
Nap....I can't really say one way or another, but I do know that the Barnes XLC blue bullet in the 210 grain is all a hunter would need for elk. One of my hunting buddies uses that same bullet in his .340 Weatherby. He says its the only caliber for him, or bullet for that matter. He has shot 3 shot one hole groups with his gun at the rifle range. I witnessed the shooting myself. One gun hunts all, in his words.
I am debating on the barrel maker at the moment. I been thinking about one of those 26 inch stainless barrels that has been fluted. Others say they aren't worth the exspense and don't cool any better than a plane barrel, as far as hunting in the field.
Now getting back to that 210 grain Barnes XLC bullet, it does penetrate 25 % deeper than other brands of bullets. We did some testing ourselves a while back with my friends .340 Weatherby into 50lb clay (modeling crafts) blocks so the lighter weight 210 grain bullet should I figure, penetrate as deep as a 225 grain Nosler or 230 grain Bear Claw into a bull elks body. If I get close to 3200 fps with any kind of accuracy, I will be happy as a birthday boy sitting behind his cake LOL.