Originally Posted by riemer
I read that post and was swayed even more to buy the gun. I was hoping to hear even more positive experiences. It seems from all the past posts I've read, that guys are leaning more toward the 300's and 338's on big game. I think for my purposed that the 7 STW is the way to go for whitetail, black bear and possibly mulies or prong horn.
I currrently shoot a 7 weatherby mag but feel the need for something a little different.
I have a bunch of 7's, several .30's, and bought a .338 WM that wouldn't ever shoot the same hole twice at 100 yards. That turned me off of big bores. I rebarreled it to a 7mm RM and was MUCH happier.
This next part is not meant to piss in anyone's wheaties, but it is simply my opinion on the big .338's and monster case calibers.
In hunting and guns, just like anything else, you reach a point of rediculouslness and personal opinion and lack of skills to overcompenate for. This goes for calibers, cover scents, all the new whiz-bang gadgets you can buy at your local Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas, fishing, camping, or anything else these days. Which is where, IMO, the big .338's and monster calibers come into play. If you don't have the skills to shoot game at 1000 yards with a .308 caliber or smaller, then you shouldn't be trying to shoot big game with a .338 Lapua because it's better at compensating for windage, and the bigger bullet hits harder and is more "lenient" for helping compensate with a poor shot. I personally feel that if you aren't 100% confident in taking that shot, then you shouldn't be taking that shot period. No matter what gun you have in your hand. That's how animals get maimed and that's how LR hunting gets a bad wrap...
Yes, I have some big .30's and some big 7mm's.....But I feel anything bigger than an 8mm is just pointless, unless it serves a specifici purpose.
Granted, with new advancements in bullets, the big .375 calibers are looking like a better option than the .338's. Would I own one? Most likely not... Because for me, it's a matter of practicality...And I have no need for a .375 RUM or larger. I have no need for anything larger than my .300 Ackley.