Hey guys this is my first post here on your forums. I am a Marine Scientist who lives and works in Downeast Maine. My hobbies are fly fishing for trout and salmon, bird hunting with my german shorthair Jaegar, deer hunting and reloading and shooting for both my pistols and rifles. I have finally decided to take the plunge and send out an action I have for my first custom build. The base action is a New Haven CRF Model 70 WSM action. The action is going to be trued, have the lugs lapped, and a Shilen SS 20" barrel not sure the contour as I am leaving that up to the smith, but it will be a sporter or lightweight. Gun is going to be chambered in 6.5 Remington Magnum with a 1:8 twist, and 11 degree recessed traget crown. I have sent the smith two dummy rounds using the bullets I plan to shoot from this gun so he can deep throat the chamber if necessary. The OAL length of my rounds using the lapua Mega 155gr and the Norma Vulcan 156 gr are both right at about 3.0" and function through the magazine of the WSM action. This set up is then going to be pillar bedded and free floated into a lightweight synthetic and toped witha leupold ultralight 3x9 in quick release mounts. The action is also being set up for the smiths switch barrel conversion as next year he is getting it back with instructions to install a 350 Rem. Mag barrel on it. My goal is to have a finished weight of between 6 and 6.25 lbs on the rifle and use it for a nice light weight walking around gun for whitetails, black bear and the ocassional coyote that stops long enough to get shot. What do you guys think? I know the 6.5 Rem Mag is not as popular as some of the other 6.5's but I have had a love affair with this round for a long time and have one in a Remington 600 that I absolutely love. I have around 750 pieces of brass for the 6.5 and love reloading so ammo is not a problem. I also know my bullet choice isn't the sexiest long range pill but for the shots I take and the tough angle shots I sometimes have to take I need a bullet that will penetrate and hold together well. How do you think it will work out?