[QUOTE=Rangerpl;804075]I bought a .338LM for various reasons.
I've read many posts stating the .338LM is too much gun for N/S American game, but I wonder if as much study has been done regarding tuning the .338LM for lighter loads? What performance related comments would there be when comparing a 160gr .338 bullet or a 300gr .338 bullet?
Biggest downside I have with my specific rifle is the weight and the cost of the ammo. It wouldn't be hard to shoot up a mortgage payment with 1 sitting at a range if your shoulder could take the punishment.
when you decide its ok to shoot at a live animal theres only 1 thing thats important.
that is hitting and killing the animal as quickly as possible.
the best gun is the one having best chance of doing that. size of the cartridge
as for the lighter bullets sure they will give higher initial velocity. but that will soon be gone. the 338s have become popular for 1 reason and that is good bullets. 20 years ago you could hardly find anyone using a 338 in pa.
the 30x378 was the king of the hills. you either had one or you wanted one just that simple. now all thats changed and we can thank the good bullets for that happening and its getting better.
as for cost of shooting dont shoot it unless you have a reason for doing so.
practice with others. i would argue you dont need to shoot that much anyway.
broz just stated he had some woman who had never shot long range hitting targets right off. that should tell you something about the difficulty. of coarse
she was only able to do that because he put the clicks on.