Twin customs on Model 70\'s in 6.5
I've been running searches and reading threads for two days, with the predictable result that I'm more confused now than I was when I started.
A buddy of mine and I recently discovered that we had two pre-'64 Model 70's laying around, and we've decided to put together two custom rifles in some flavor of 6.5MM.
He's leaning strongly toward the 6.5 WSM, but I have my doubts; my rifle is currently a Featherwieght in .30-06, and I don't want to build some great huge long-barreled monster of a rifle; hunting the canyon country in Arizona means carrying a lot and shooting a little, and I'd rather build a stalking-type rifle with a 22-24" medium tube and limit my shots to 400 yards or so (and then only if the canyon is that wide).
So my question is this:
Of all the 6.5's out there, which one will best suit a more-or-less conventional envelope without an excessive barrel length?
I suppose that 140's in some flavor will be my bullet of choice, by the way.