Maybe I should change my name to Jesus or something.
The 30/06 is fine on elk. If your concerned about the 300 win mags recoil don't bother with it. Better to be comfortable with a sufficient cartridge then to be uncomfortable with a more powerful cartridge.
S.S. is nice if you don't care to clean up your guns much. S.S. sticks out like a sore thumb on sunny days (glare) though.
Some prefer blued for the classic look.
Dollar for dollar, I consider Burris a wise investment. There is nothing wrong with Leupold, it just seems like you can get more scope and the same optical performance from a less expensive Burris. Leupold does have a great assortment of reticles though that Burris can't seem to match.