Re: 6.5-06 future build
I have the AI version. I am really liking it. It has a 10" twist tho, so I can't shoot heavies. It really likes 100btips at 3500fps, and my go-to load is 123Amax with Hunter and a mag primer at about 3200fps. It is a 28" med. weight barrel that I like a lot. I use 25-06 brass and fire-form with bullets seated in the rifling with almost no loss. I did find that the Win. brass does not last as long as the Rem I use now, with primers pockets getting loose after about 4 firings. With an 8" twist, you could shoot 140s with no problems.
If you are not wanting a barrel-burner, I would go with a 6.5x55 Swede. It will work well in a long action, shoot most bullets well, and the barrel will last a long time. If you like, you can still AI it also.
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