I think the big thing is the 6.5 , 26 caliber has been over looked foe so many years. Partly the most popular as could be was the 264 Win. mag. Now how many owns it or knew someone that has? Not many huh!, I knew one guy. The 264 mag was considered by many as a barrel burner and got left behind, and too bad. Heck every rifle I have is considered a barrel burner due to I like high velocity and push my equipment to a safe but accurate load. Many rifles I have found shoot the best when it close to there peek point. But the average hunter can have this , sight it in for deer season, use during hunting season, back in the safe to next year, and can last for 3 generations. I think also the 7 mag. could be part of the 264 mag. loosing popularity. I am glad to see the 6.5 gaining attention now its such a wonderful caliber especially now with the bullet selection out there like with the vld's. I have had a 260 for years and sad to say Remington quit production of there own caliber in many rifles. I'm currently building a 260 AI wiith a fast 8 twist to shoot the larger vld's. The 260 is based off of the 243 case that of course came from the 308 case, how could anyone argue against the case. Another impressive caliber would be a 6.5 Laupa. I built a 6 MM Laupa by necking the 6.5 down to a 6MM on a 8 twist. I have same vel. as a 243 with less powder causing less chamber pressure. I took it out doe hunting this year and the 105 A-max totally flattened a nice doe. I would say the 6.5 in any thing created today. factory or wildcat would be a top choice for anything Pa. woods have to offer.