This rifle will be for hunting Mule deer, white tail and maybe Elk but mostly Mulies and white tail. I want to have a (REM 260) built on a long action platform, I would like to know the pros and cons of building it on a long action platform. I have found a Enfield 30 06 for about $260.00. What would be a good inexpensive donor rifle? I know I want to go with atleast a 26" barrel and I am looking for more info on 5R barrels. What would be a good contour barrel? I am on a very tight budget, so I will be selling my Savage 12 LRP 260 to buy my childrens Christmas presents and hopefully have enough left over to purchase the donor rifle. I'm set on the (REM 260) but I need as much advise as possible. I already have the dies and have started reloading for the 260. I want to learn to shoot long range targets but I probably won't be shooting game out past 600 yards. There is a local smith that I am going to have put everything together. As far as the stock goes, I'm looking at the B & C M40 or the HS Precision M24. Thanks in advance for everyones input.