I want to build a 6.5 caliber rifle. A gun that can handle anything here in the northeast woods from groundhogs to deer. I've owned a few 6.5x55's and really like them but the throats are long for the lighter varmint bullets and brass is harder to find. I have been thinking of building a 260 or 6.5-06 on a rem 700 with a heavy sporter barrel with 1:8 twist. Here are some questions I have. 1. Should I go long or short action if I go 260 2. Would 6.5-06 be to much gun for close range in thick cover? 3. Would 24" barrel be enough for a 6.5-06? I don't want to go any longer, 22" is more of what I want. 4.I plan on sending my action to douglas and have them rebarrel it. Do they do good work?