Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman
First off, there is no attempt to pit you and Kirby against anyone or each other. If you think otherwise it's your imagination.
Second, you are exactly right. Kirby has done A LOT of shooting which is exactly my point. He also owns a few overbore long range hammers that the doesn't necessarily shoot very much. But he still owns them and hunts with them at long ranges.
Which just reinforces the points I made.
You don't become proficient at LR shooting and hunting without a lot of practice.
If you have room in your collection for rifles you aren't going to shoot much then the cost of going even more overbore is minimal.
"Most of us" however aren't in the club where cost/benefit analysis doesn't play a factor.
"Most" people visiting this site are stretching it to put together one good LR rig and they are going to learn the art of LR shooting with the same rifle they are building to hunt with and as a result all of those additional costs play a factor in their decisions of which caliber to start with.
All else aside, the "point of diminishing returns" still exists and for the 7mm's I believe once you reach the STW case, you have reached that point.
That does not mean there is no gain for pushing it faster, just that the returns are diminishing when you try to go bigger and you pay for that minimal gain with reduced barrel life and increased muzzle blast and recoil.
Is it worth it? Maybe it is for you, it is for some, it's not for me.