Re: Winner of Manners contest looking for help on first build
I'd go with the 260, federal is coming out with a gold medal load using the 142smk, in fact, I'm hoping to have 10 cases of it come Friday. And I don't even own a 260, yet, but I'm planning a rebarrel as well.
I really would like a med. Palma contour barrel fluted, but may end up with a rem. varmint, which is very similar.
Anyways, 260 should get you what you want, you also have the option of factory ammo, the new gold medal, or SWammo, they make several loads as well, cost is decently cheap.
Also shouldn't bring you much trouble to reload for, I know the thought of wildcat, bumblebee, flying unicorn and all those other crazy calibers frighten me.
In the end, get what you want, be it the wsm or the 6.5x47 lapua, or something crazy, regret is a b!tch.
I'll also recommend a cut rifled barrel, obermeyer, rock, brux, Krieger, bartlein... I think I'm going brux