NZ Hunter, hello and welcome. It doesn't surprise me that you've chosen the 6.5X55mm. The cartridge was developed in 1891 and for many years used by several European countries for their military cartridge of choise. Propelling a 140 gr bullet at 2650 fps is well suited for deer sized game and for those who do not want to have a heavy recoiling rifle. The design on the 6.5 creates a very accurate bullet thus highly suitable for hunting. Good choise for your hunting needs and while I don't own a Tika rifle but all I hear is how good they are. Congrats on your future purchase and happy hunting.