Well here's to a start of a "Mountain Do-All Rifle" for myself. Would also use this rifle for some long distance target shooting as well. As some of you have commented on my thread trying to decide on an action to use. I've always had a thing for CRF, Mauser extractor and a 3-position safety for my hunting rifles, so it was really only a choice between: M70, Ruger M77, or Kimber in all honesty. And given that I already have a Ruger in .308, so I decided on a M70 action for this rifle. I think this will be a rifle that I will have for a great long time, it has been something I've been trying to work towards for several years now and decided now is the time. Despite Remington attempts to kill it (speaking on the .280Rem); as Remington does so well with cartridge releases. It is my opinion that the 280AI provides the greatest performance out of a non-magnum round currently, I'm sure others will disagree which is fine. But given the projectiles afforded to the 280AI's use from 100-197gr with great selection of type. A big selling point to me on the .284/7mm is the balance of weight to length that provides great BC, SD and velocity in relation to it's cartridge dimensions. It is a very efficient cartridge to be sure. So far I have in my possession a M70 Extreme Weather 30-06 which I will sell off the barrel to help fund the project. It's weighing in at, 6lbs., 15.65 oz., so I'll need to do something about the weight to stay under my self imposed 8lb. completed rifle requirement with optics and sling. In addition to the rifle I have on the way a Proof Research Carbon Fiber barrel to twist on. It is a 24", Sendero Light Contour, 8.4 twist, weighs 2lbs. 14oz. I was told by my gunsmith that will be chambering the blank that it is typically a 12 week wait for Proof barrels, but I was able to find the barrel I wanted online in stock for $670 . I was quoted about $350 for the following: true up the action (if needed), chamber the barrel blank, install barrel, bed the action, thread the muzzle and manufacture a muzzle protector. So all in all for the rifle I'll be in it about $1,900. Definitely, more than what one could buy a Kimber Mountain Ascent for but I really wanted the performance of a heavier contour without the weight and want to give a CF Proof Barrel a try. I don't think that I'm doing to bad on this project, that is up and to the point I start talking about optics . I was planning on and am going to continue to utilize the Bell and Carlson Medalist stock that came with the rifle, it fits me good and my gunsmith has good things to say about them in his experience. I might play with some venting cuts to lighten things up over time, but that will come down the road. It feels good to start this process, hard to stomach the money going out but in the end I know I'll be very happy and will enjoy many years of service from the rifle.