In the lesser price range Merkel is one to look at.
Im the upper ranges just about any of the great old european gun makers such as Holland and Holland, Rigby, Purdy Etc Etc will do. Take a look at Cabelas web site. They have a "fine gun room " section that should give you an idea. It's fun to drool over too.
The Classic Big Five is Beautiful.......
I own Two Kreighoff's. Both Shotguns. A k-80 and a k-20. The quality is everything you would expect it to be. I've shot maybe 75 thousand rounds though my k-80 in six years of competition and practice and the triggers are still perfect. It has been serviced by the factory once but it was just a routine cleaning.
I will own a dbl rifle at some point. .470 NE maybe I'm not sure. I don't have a need at the moment.
When you are ready to buy, Contact Kurt Grates @ Great Lakes Sporting Arms in Walled Lake, Michigan. He will give you the best price on these firearms. On occasion you will see them at Cabela's, but this is not the right place to make a purchase of this type.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...