Originally Posted by MudRunner2005
"Cannonitis" LOL I like that.
I know guys that hunt the backwoods of Alabama with a .300 RUM, and will never take over a 150 yard shot. I personally know several folks who own .338 Lapuas that will most-likely NEVER be shot beyond 100 yards.
It's like the same people who buy a Barrett M82A1 and stick a $199 BSA scope on top of it. Just makes you wanna punch them.
I know one of those .338 Lapua owners really well, and I'd be willing to bet that rifle never has more than 1 box of shells sent through it, until he either A) sells it, or B) trades it off for something else.
Yep. Anytime we have new people here talking about starting off with one of the big 300's or 338's the first thing I do after asking them why, is to tell them before they do to go and find a place to shoot one a good bit before making the investment.
Most people simply cannot handle the recoil and blast but they don't learn that until they are already several thousand dollars in the hole.
Look at how many "barely used" or "just broke in" cannons you see on classifieds and Gun Broker, that's why they are there.
They have their place and there are things you can do with them that nothing else will get close to doing at well, but let's face it, we're talking about probably less than .001% of hunters ever actually having a "need" for anything bigger than the .300win or 7mm STW.
That being said I have one very nice 300 Rum and my brothers .338L if I ever do find myself in "need" but they certainly aren't necessary.