Just used a savage I built up in 260rem this year on whitetail. Bagged a 16pt at maybe 100yrds with it. It was spur of the moment choice and all I had was some 95gr Vmax loads to use. Having shot a lot with this rifle at pdogs I wasn't worried about making proper shot placement. I would rather have had some berger hunting vlds done up in maybe 130gr but at limited range the Vmax works quite well. The good news is if you went with 260 you'd have some very high BC bullets to choose from and reduced recoil over the 308 (not that it is bad). I'm sure you could enjoy shooting some paper with it out to 700 and beyond.