Re: If you had a choice ?
Given your criteria and your two cartridge selections, I would go with the 7mm Remington. I have both cartridges, like them both. The 6.5 is a varmint/bench rifle(In my configuration, it is a true hunting cartridge as well), the 7 is a flat out hunting rifle. I've taken the 7 through rough brush and over many miles, it has never let me down. In any given barrel length over 24", the mag will have the edge in velocity and energy. It will also be able to sling heavier bullets. I agree with BH, nothing wrong with being able to go to local hunting store to pick up a box of ammo either. Recoil, depending on the weight/stock of the gun will be on par with the 06. If I had a 7RM built, I would definately go with a 26" barrel. The 24 incher I have now is nice, and light, but velocity gains with the longer tube are appreciable. Oh, and for accuracy, I've gotten my 7 (Which is a Ruger M77) to shoot a 1/2 MOA at 100.
[ 10-25-2004: Message edited by: 7ultra ]