My dad is looking at purchasing a 6.5 CM because of what he has read, which I agree with because he currently hunts with a .308 BAR and a Rem 700 7mmRM. I love Browing bolts, their handling, and their accuracy. But their BAR has a LOT to be desired in terms of accuracy, and my father's rifle is no different. He sent it back to Browning for them to figure out what's going on. Also, unless he's using ear pro, the 7mm causes tinnitus that effects him for weeks. I totally agree with going with the 6.5 due to ballistics and lack of recoil. We'll also be submitting form 1 paperwork for a suppressor. I already have a trust, so we'll be adding it to my trust, along with his name. We've been looking at rifles and he's undecided. He doesn't really have a budget yet, but I think he only wants to deal with a factory rifle. He's ok with spending $1500-1750, but he's dragging his feet on optics. I own what I consider mid-range optics ($500-$1000) that would be a great fit for him, but he's not sure since some of his cheaper optics have served him well for years. I am running a Zeiss HD5 3-15x42 on my soon to be .280AI that I think would be a good fit or their HD6 or something similar. My question is, how do you get them to drop the coin to get what you know they really want and will enjoy, but have a hard time spending the money on? Money has always been a concern for him, but he is debt free between personal belongings and his company, so I'd like him to enjoy life a little.