I live in the Southeast US so I hunt whitetails and wild hogs. I have a custom barreled Savage 6.5 Creedmoor with a 22" barrel running the Berger 140 elite hunter at 2831 with RL-16. Plenty of gun for that obviously but I've got a shot at an Elk hunt this fall and wanted a little more down range energy. Won't be a long range hunt but possibly out to 500 yards. My questions are, is the 6.5 Creed enough (2166fps and 1460ft-lbf at 500) and would there be any significant gain in terminal performance with the 7-08 AI? My original thought was rebarreling for 300 WSM, 7 SAUM or 7 Sherman short. The consensus seems to be that the Savage small/standard shank isn't the best option for the short mags. Appreciate any help as I've about broken my brain on this one.