Well, I have a confession. I slept on it several days and well, I just couldn't get that little cartridge off my mind... which I guess just goes to show, you can always tell a Scotsman, but you can't tell him much. So I ordered reamers today and dies will be ordered in the next few days.
If nothing else, it will make for an interesting experiment. Both the gun smith and Dave at Pacific Tool, after seeing the case dimension drawing, said they actually don't expect to have any problems getting it to feed properly with a little tuning since I stuck with the 35 degree shoulder. Time will tell for sure but it looks like it will all be coming together in some time around a month as we're going to try to re-use the prior barrel (bore was great with only around 320 shots through it) and the stock apparently can be fixed too. Got very lucky and the smith had almost everything else he needed on hand or a short hop away except the HS Precision box -which we're still searching for.
Will let you folks know how it turns out! Dave at Pacific is doing the throating to handle the 140 Partitions for hunting and the VLDs as well.
I'm calling it the 6.5 SLiC (Slick Little Cartridge, bottom left in the drawing that MikeCR was nice enough to put together on the prior page) - we'll see if the name is justified over the next several months. It had just been too long since I put together a wild cat and that itch needed scratching, if only to just to have something a little different and to have a bit more "oomph" in a short action. I do know I'll be doing a lot of brass sorting and prep, but there are a lot worse things to be doing with one's time while passing time anxiously waiting for a hunting trip to come that you've been waiting a couple-3 years on.
Have a good one,