Going to jump on the 6.5 bandwagon with a new barrel for a Savage 111 long action now chambered in .270 Win. I want a 24-25" or so medium to heavy sporter SS barrel for deer (not elk) or long range varmints. Looking for pretty good performance without going too crazy. Barrel life is absolutely no factor to me. 140gr Berger VLDs is my first choice for bullets, so I'm thinking a 1-8" twist. These are my main choices, 6.5-.284 Norma 6.5-06 6.5-06 AI 6.5 Rem mag 6.5 WSM I don't really want a .264 Win mag since I have a 7mm Rem mag already. A few issues I have are, Is the 6.5 WSM worth the extra fire and brimstone? Will I be able to seat the long VLD far enough out in the 06s'? Any feeding issues with the .284, 6.5 Rem, or the WSM? Will the 6.5-06 AI out perform the 6.5-.284? Which caliber should I get? Thanks for your opinions.