Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?
If you look at the video of Shawn's dad taking that elk @ 1314 yds, you will notice that recoil is not a factor. Why? Because there's a brake on the barrel. Now I used to be a no brake kinda guy, but over time, since getting into LR, I've changed my view on that. Probably 90% or more of serious LR shooters use a brake for several good reasons.
That said, my Sendero 300 RUM, which I recently sold with a new build on the way, had no brake and I was fine with it. When at the range and firing strings, I used a slip on recoil pad which made the recoil quite tolerable and in the field one or two shots isn't going to affect me, especially with adrenaline flowing. But, as I said, I've changed my view on brakes and my new RUM will have a brake and so will every other LR rifle I own with a kick more than a 25-06. For enjoyability of shooting and barrel stability and being able to get on target to spot hits and misses.
And BTW, when I shot more than 20 rounds through my 7 RM, my shoulder was definitely feeling it and flinching started to set in. The recoil pad wasn't the greatest, but a 7 mag definitely was a good kick to it.
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