Looking on a site I seen some new barrels was available and decided to jump on a new build. Looking in my safe I have a 700 short action in a McMillian stock with a burnt out barrel that needed re done. I decided to get a Bartlein 8 twist 6.5 #3 contour. After debating what would be the best S/A caliber I decided to go with the 260 AI. I know the creedmore and 6.5x284 is popular but I heard good thing of the 260 ai. One thing I have a 260 in a model 7 for my grandson I will be loading for him for a lifetime. I just ordered 100 pieces of Laupa brass from midway so know I have brass for both of us. My smith didn't have a reamer so I jumped on the wagon of purchasing my own reamer and go gauge. Doing some homework seeing the 140 Berger hunting bullet had good reviews I also ordered a box of them. My barrel was actually sent the day I ordered and received it two days later. Only bad thing is 6-8 weeks on reamer. Havent had a project for around 3 years looking forward to this one.