Seeing they only gave 8 Non Resident tags last year I would always apply for the tag and not just a point. NH uses bonus points, so you always have a chance of winning...it's really just a big raffle after all.
I have a 6.5 Ruger American Predator...shoots amazing for a "cheap" rifle. I also have a 7mm-08 X-bolt that shoots amazing as well. The 6.5 won't do anything that the 7mm-08 can't do. Recoil is similar. The only benefit of the 6.5 comes at extreme long range target shooting from what I can tell
We cut the deer up on New Year's Day. A bunch of guys drinking beer in a garage is never a bad way to end the season. This deer had NO FAT on him whatsoever, we have processed lean deer before but this one took the cake! Also through a tape on him at 135 6/8"