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".
Just about every hunter who has hunted big game animals has used a rope to drag his game. Over the years I have seen many kinds and sizes used for this purpose. One of my friends brought a deer to my house to hang in my garage for butchering, and he had a 1” hemp rope that was at least 12 feet long on it. It was large enough to tow a truck! Another time I saw a guy stuffing an entire 50-foot coil of that stiff, plastic rope into his pocket to use as a dragging rope.I have found that the ideal...