I know this topic gets beaten on every so often, but I'd like to see a new beating to see if there are any insights to sway me. My circumstances are that I have a decent looking 700 BDL that my Dad bought for me in the 1970's. I cared pretty well for the gun. But its a 25-06, and NEVER shot very well, even with my best hand loads (and I can get sub MOA accuracy with most guns I have set my mind to), and after having it bedded. Trigger is pretty good out of the box. Still shoots 1.5" with heavy bullets. Lighter bullets are better, but I hunt deer, and big ones at that... I want to keep it blued steel, and keep the walnut stock. If the 25-06 was a cartridge I like, I'd have the muzzle recrowned, the action trued, and set the barrel back a little bit to recut the chamber, and preserve the originality of the gun. But I really don't like 25-06 anymore. I live in KC and have chatted with the guys at GA Precision -- I drive by their place each day -- so I have access to the best. The plan is a Bartlein barrel, which they like, minor work on the trigger (they say the old 700 trigger is fine, which seems to mirror my experience), true the action, and re-bed into the stock.... But what cartridge -- 4 years ago, when I started thinking about this project, I had decided on 6.5-x284 which the guys at GA Precision also liked. But I am not sure I want a 26" barrel, as I already have a nice 7mmSAUM with a heavy Shilen barrel for real sittin' and watchin' work. And, since this 6.5 is a gun for some amount of carrying, and lightweight taper barrel in 26" length is impaired for accuracy work. If I go with a 24" barrel, much of superiority of the 6.5x284 is lost, compared to say a 260 REM or 6.5x55. I'd also like to stay with a chambering that would allow my grandson someday to shoot the gun without handloading. So 6.5x06 is out. I already have one 6.5x55 swede -- I have a thing about having only one gun in a given chambering -- makes keeping track of handloads, headspaces and barrel jumps easier. I'd like to get this gun accurate to 500 yards or more -- in my opinion full blown speed is not as important as accuracy, in todays era of quality rangefinders and turreted scopes. So I am thinking a 260 Rem with a 24 or even 23" barrel might be the ticket. The LA would allow to load heavy long bullets and still use the magazine. I would possibly use a long throat -- or throat it standard initially, and see how accuracy is -- if the gun shoots well, fine, otherwise back in there with a reamer and move the rifling out a touch.... A relative short barrel should help a little with accuracy, theoretically, especially since I do not want to go heavy barrel. Is my thinking OK? Other suggestions?