If you are on a tight budget, consider the Adams and Benette barrels from Midway or those from ERShaw. Should give you MOA or better performance if properly installed.
For hunting, you don't need match grade accuracy. Elk are pretty big targets. You also don't need a lot of shots, hopefully, so the benefits of heavier contours or fluting are just for show. Get a contour that is as heavy as you want to carry in a length that makes sense in the terrain you hunt.
A big long barrel works great on the range but when up to your eyeballs in deadfalls or trees, I would rather have a lighter, shorter pipe. The lose of 100 to 200fps is not going to make the elk any less dead if I put the bullet in the boiler room.
For me, my hunting rifle has to perform in the field. I must be able to carry it for a long time and put it quickly into action (why I pay so much attention to stock shape and balance). The rest is just fluff that gets in the way...
PS want more penetration on game? Slow your impact vels down. If impact vel with those Barnes X are 2500 to 2800fps, it is highly unlikely you will find too many bullets in your game.