Re: delemma...what 338 chambered rifle to start with?
This is strickly my Opinion...With a 30 Cal, you have the choice of bullets from 110grn-240grns...That is versatile, with some recoil.
Now the 338 has bullets from 180-300, it is versatile, but alot of people have not built up the tolerance for the heavier recoil of a 338.
When you start, there is a whole lot to learn, learning takes practice/ammo regardless if you reload or not, 30Cal ammo is less expensive to shoot that 338 cal ammo.
Anyway, I am no expert, but for someone new to this, I think they should learn the basics before going to the larger Cals.