This one is mostly for you 6.8r's out there. I think the issue has been settled on the superiority of the 6.5, especially at longer range, but the 6.8 is available NOW. Sometimes I tend to get a little ahead of myself as far as equipment goes, and I wonder if I really need all the extra the 6.5 offers. The two seem to be pretty close up to about 300 yards, close enought that different barrel lengths or even just different guns might make more difference than the caliber. Also, the 6.5 still isn't a laser, you need to be able to judge distance pretty accurately. After all, if the trajectory difference is even 10-12 inches at 600 yards but you misjudge by 200 yards, you'll still miss with either round. The XCR is at its best as a short, light gun, so long heavy barrels and big optics defeat the purpose-I have an LRB M-25 that weighs over 17 lbs for that, and I still don't even have the skills to use it beyond 300 (although with a 20 rd. mag I'll eventually walk 'em in!) I'm thinking of a 14.5 with permamently attached FH, and probably an Aimpoint or Eotech with magnifier. I want something that will be a decisive manstopper, and an ethical medium-sized deer round, and the 5.56 is neither. In reality, most shots that aren't at paper will probably be at coyotes. The 5.56 will do that well, but I want one gun/caliber that will do more. The 6.8 seems to do it, without being overkill(if there is such a thing!), and most guys seem to get really good accuracy, too. I already have the 7.62 conversion on order, and hopefully that will actually ship next week. I wouldn't cancel that one anyway, just because of cheap ammo, but is the 6.8 really that much better than the 7.62 within 300 yards, and if so, is the 6.5 so much better than the 6.8 as to be worth the wait(and who knows how long the wait will really be?) Just as with the SCAR/ACR issue, I'm leaning towards what is good and available vs. great and a fantasy-although I think the XCR may still be better even when the others come out! It's just a big investment, $550 for the conversion, ammo, reloading dies, bullets, etc. if I'm just going to shelve it when the 6.5 finally arrives. Thanks for the input!