I currently have a 6.5/06 chambered Savage. It is approaching 800 down the pipe. I'm looking ahead and planning to get a new barrel ordered for it soon so I can have it in hand ready to go to my gunsmith for finish chambering, installation and headspacing when the current barrel gets tired. I am going to have the new barrel chambered 6.5/06AI in hope of finding a touch more velocity for the "top" accuracy node. I'm hoping for a few opinions as to the barrel length I should use to reasonably expect getting the full velocity potential from this setup. I have not yet made a final decision as to the barrel maker, but I have been pleased with the Shillen Barrel I have on the rifle now. Weight is a secondary consideration for this rig as I'm not planning to carry it around anymore than to my stand and back.