If it helps you at all, my Son and I hunt with a Savage LRH in 6.5X284. It's a wonderfully accurate rifle/cartridge combination. Not a good choice if you only burn factory ammo, but if your'e a handloader I don't know of a better cartridge for hunting in North America. We've harvested Pronghorn, big Mule Deer and a nice bull Elk in Nevada, all with nice clean one-shot kills. I find the recoil to be quite mild. Rifle weight is a big factor but, comparing apples to apples, I suspect the 6.5X284 kicks about the same as a .308 Winchester. There's really need to push things by loading the cartridge to its maximum velocity potential. We stay under 2,900 fps when using the 140-grain A-Max (discontinued, but I understand now it's the ELD-M) and it's one of the most accurate hunting-weight rifles I've seen. I don't claim to be capable of pulling it off on any given day, but I once managed a dandy 5-shot group into .75" at 200 yards shooting off my backpack. I've become a big fan of Savage rifles generally, and I'm especially happy with my LWH. The 6.5X284 cartridge is very easy to handload for; and the accuracy results, for me, have been astonishing. Happy hunting Sir!