I was planning on picking up a Savage AXIS II in 6.5 CM .. Actually went to pick it up... Then I started second guessing.... Im mostly going to do some range shooting, maybe some hawg , Whitetail ...maybe Black Bear hunting. Why I was looking at the 6.5 CM was because I used to own a Swede Sporter in 6.5x55 .. it was a fine carbine.. I handloaded 140gr SP and 160gr RNSP But .... Im also considering a 308 Winchester .... I don't have much experience with the 308 Win , I only had one rifle in 308 Win ... I shot a stump and milk jugs ... But I have owned several 30-06 .. and I really liked the 165gr bullet weight ... And I feel I would have very similar results with the 308win with less recoil ... I like the long 140gr 6.5 bullet , But I like the larger frontal area of the 308 ... Im in a quandary.