I'd recommend to come out to a NCPPRC practice, the next one is January 7th. Everyone is very friendly and will get you on the right track. Join the forum at www.ncpprc.com
so you can see the threads. In my opinion, as for your gear:
Rifle: Rem. 700 5R.
Optics: Vortex Viper PST
Ammo: FGMM 175's or this: http://www.southwestammunition.com/p...mk-premium.htm
The plus side with the SW ammo is that you'll have Lapua brass which will last 20 plus firings with annealing.
Bal. Calc: Ballistics FTE for Iphone or Bulletflight.