just what all falls under the term "contend with"? the belt is there, doesn't hurt anything, doesn't really do anything, you resize to headspace on the shoulder like it should and the belt doesn't matter
Go with the 6.5 Rem Mag. I had one in the original Model 700, it was a great shooter and the recoil was amazingly light. I probably should have kept it but the barrel was a little pitted and I had a chance to trade it for something a lot more valuable. I would love to build another one, maybe on a savage action.