Originally Posted by brianjohnson
[...]I know both guns are capable of doing this, but isnt the lapua inherently more accurate?[...]
As you yourself point out, these are all capable cartridges. I don't think "more accurate" is enough of a differentiator here from a hunting perspective. ...considering long range, shooting in the field, wind, etc...
So, you can probably focus on the other attributes for your application.
I beleive lots of folks shoot Elk with 6.5's, but it's certainly not over the top at longer ranges, and the short action may further limit you unless you go with a larger caliber and/or perhaps a WSM.
What I'm suggesting is that you might want to size the gun for your most demanding application. But, perhaps you have other rifles to fill in the gaps.