Erik7181, Yes, I like the 6.5x55 and mine is the same make/model as yours. I’ve not taken any critters with it yet but, it is quite accurate. You might enjoy hunting caribou with your 6.5, after you get moved up to Alaska. They look larger than they really are and they’re definitely not as “impact resistant” as mule deer for one example. Cheers, Velo Dog.