Some great advice I'm reading here.
I think if you really want a Magnum and think some future hunts can justify one I would go with the 7mm Remington Magnum. It will easy kill elk or moose,nothing more is needed,and the ammo is much cheaper and easier to find. If you happen to pop into a small town,population 1800,on your big hunt for more ammo,don't expect to find Weatherby ammo.For instance here in northern Canada there are only a few stores that carry it,but you can get 7mm ammo anywhere.
It would be really nice if you could try some shooting with an example of each,that might "seal the deal".
I am always amazed at the amount of scent control products that exist on the market today. But they are there for a reason. Game animals have incredible noses and if you go out into the field smelling like body odor, summer sausage, gasoline and last night's Miller High Life fiasco you will probably not be punching a tag. Scent control sprays aren't cheap though. On a college student budget I had a serious need to alleviate at least some of my hunting costs. This is why I decided to...