Dave, Your 24" barrel is fine for hunting. That's the length of the Browning X-Bolt Pro I ordered. SAKO barrels are just too short at 20" and 22". I think we will see Hornady and others bring out their Superformance line for the 6.5 PRC once they catch up on the ELD-M and ELD-X orders and the 300 PRC Army sniper contract. When we see 6.5 PRC Superformance ammo with their proprietary powder we'll get back a lot of the missing velocity. In the meantime we'll have to see what powders work best. Maybe Hogdon Superformance as it seems to work best in short magnums which is exactly what the 6.5 PRC is. Eric B.