I'd been contemplating building a 280AI for a while now on a Savage action. I even had the gun to build it on, but the gun was in too nice of shape imo for me to just throw away the barrel, stock, etc from so I ended up selling it and putting the build on hold. I figured I'd look for a gun in worse shape for cheaper since all I needed was the action.
Now that I look around, I'm wondering if a 6.5 Creedmoor won't fit my needs much better. The big advantage I see to the 280AI is that I can shoot regular 280 ammo in it which is fairly easy to find. However, since I reload this isn't a huge concern. I just like the idea of being able to find ammo I can use if I'm on a hunt out of town and run out of ammo. The ammo for the 6.5 Creedmoor seems to be a lot harder to find at least in this area.
What draws me to the 6.5 Creedmoor is that it seems like should recoil a lot less than the .280AI. While this gun will be used occasionally on a hunt, it will be at the range 90% of the time. I want something accurate with enough power at longer ranges that I can hunt deer with though. Since it will mainly be a range gun I don't want something that will punish my shoulder. After a box or so of 30-06 my shoulder is hurting, and I don't want this gun to do that. I'm thinking the .280 may, but I don't know about the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Basically I don't really have a good solid reason to pick one over the other and while I thought I'd decided on the .280AI I'm now second guessing myself. Any advice? What are the pros and cons to each round?