Where will you be hunting the elk at ? Hardest part here is getting a tag!! Generally I like the Model 70 Extreme Weather Stainless. For elk I'd go with 30.06, 7mm or 300WM. the 4inch barrel difference will make it handle different between the catridges and you'd save quite a bit of money off your price point. The factory trigger isn't terrible (changed mine out to a Timney though). Or you'd be hard pressed if you already have a top of the line scope (around your rifle price point) to get a Bergera Premier, true top of the line barrel w/ a trigger tech trigger from the factory. They make so many good rifles now it's really all about which one fits you best, and apart from accuracy, I'd put rifle "fit" as #2 on the priority list If you're elk hunting out west in bear country, Montana, Wyoming. I'm getting the itch to start making a pilgrimage out there next year and Lord willing thereafter. I'd always opt for larger cross sectional diameter(308-338), CRF and barrell on the shorter (22-24) side w/ lower power 2-8x scope for my preference at least.