If elk hunting is going to be the primary use, I'd highly recommend you consider a stainless rifle with synthetic stock, for a couple reasons. First, elk hunting is tough on equipment with all the climbing up and down steep terrain, and a wood-stocked rifle can take a severe beating and look bad in short order. Second, it snows frequently in high-altitude elk country, and stainless resists rust better, and synthetic stocks don't swell and warp when wet like wood can, which can alter your point of impact in the middle of a hunt. Just overall less maintenance and worry involved with a stainless/synthetic rifle in that environment. For deer and hogs out of a treestand or covered blind, this may be less of a worry. The romantic inside me prefers the look and feel of beautiful wood, but sometimes I have to make concessions for practicality's sake. This doesn't mean a wood stocked, blued rifle is necessarily a bad choice, it's just in wet, rugged environments you might have to baby it more if you want to keep it looking good.
The Sako 75/85 is a very nice rifle. I have two 75s and one of the things I really like about it is its smooth feeding. This perceived smoothness varies a little bit with the shape of cartridge the rifle's chambered for, but with both of mine, I sometimes have to open the bolt again to verify I actually chambered a round, it's so smooth. Sako triggers are very good hunting triggers as well, and can be adjusted to a nice, crisp, light (for hunting) pull. So far, I've found them to be pretty accurate on average, though there are always exceptions with any model hunting rifle. I generally prefer a more straight, "classic" style stock, but the Sako stock design feels good to me, and I like its lines.
Truth be told, any of the well-known manufacturers bolt actions will serve you well as a big game hunting rifle, so it really boils down to what feels best to you and fits in your budget. Like all shooters, I have my own preferences which I won't go into. I can tell you that, on average, a bolt action will give you greater accuracy potential, is safer, simpler and therefore potentially more reliable than other action types, though most any action type will work fine for big game at most reasonable ranges, provided the rifle is chambered in an appropriate caliber for the intended game. I agree the various 7mm Mags and .30-06 are sensible "all-around" choices that don't produce excessive recoil for most shooters. One of the advantages of the -06 and at least the standard 7mm REM mag is the fact that, if you don't plan to handload, no matter where you go, even remote stores that carry ammo will almost always have ammo for either. If you can handle a little more recoil, the various .300 magnums are also an excellent choice, and will be a bit more versatile on N. American game at the larger end of the scale. Ditto for the .338 mag, but for many folks, its recoil starts becoming a little objectionable.
Good luck with your search, and keep us posted on what you decide. Remember, Man Law clearly states that anything inherently cool needs no additional justification to purchase, and guns definitely fit that category!
Edited by RifleDude