To address some additional things you guys have brought up which may help with your advice: I do reload, my plan was to use the 6.5x284 with 130-140 gr. vld to hunt muleys, antelope and bighorn at medium range (600-800 yd). that being said, i want to keep the rifle light enough that it won't beat me up on those all day hunts.
I have a lot of trust in the sakos. i feel they are made well. both of my 85's (270 wsm, 300 wsm) shoot 1/4-1/2 MOA consistantly with reloads. that is so long as I am having a good day
I guess what i am saying is that I believe sako has done a lot of homework to produce a nice factory rifle that may
not take a lot of additional work to give me what I want. But, that being said, if I was that confident, I would not be here asking for your advice. many of you guys have been down this road time and time again and are experts. i truly appreciate your thoughts.