Re: Someone talk me out of a 6.5mm STW
Why should anybody try to talk you out of a rifle you want? If you already know how bad the 7mm STW is, in terms of barrel life, by the fact that you are planning to rebarrel it, you absolutely know that a 6.5 STW Barrels' throat will NOT last to 600-800 rounds.
So, assuming the barrel is a good one, and 'smithed properly you may have 500 rounds of ballistics that seem to violate known laws of physics. On a much much smaller scale I have owned 4 6mm-284's. One stood out with its Krieger 30 inch barrel and gave me 3,560 fps with the Sierra 105 grain bullet. I shot Rock chucks in Idaho with Rich Kayser and even he was surprised at how flat it shot and how little the wind affected it------for 460 rounds. Then a test over a chonograph showed it had dropped over 240 fps. In other words it was a loud 6mm Remington!
If you want it, get it made, and treasure each and every shot till 500!
Good Shooting to you,