Originally Posted by toddc
I felt the same way till I got one. You would super love a 338 with your big hogs. I think youll be surprised by the 338. I was not mentally ready for the jump from the 300s. I wasnt ready to see a round do more damage than my 50BMG did. You may not need it but it sure makes life a lot easier at any range. The best and most unspoken reason for a 338 is that it is so forgiving.
Powder charge a tenth off? No big. Wind call 20% off? No prob.Gun dirty?Send it. Animal takes a step. Big hole. I know its hedonistic but the dang things work like an atom bomb on game and are easy in every aspect cep bullet cost and blast. I eat the bullets and own damn nice muffs.
I've shot the .338's. I've shot the .375's. I've shot the .416's and I've shot the 50BMG.
I've recorded kills in excess of 1,300yds with a 300wm.
The 300wm and 300Rum are more than adequate for all of my needs as they are for 99plus percent of long range hunters.
Those that wish and have the ability to push the bounds are more than welcome to whatever calibers they feel are required but no, they are not necessary even for Elk at 1,000yds.
Even the RUM gave me a complete pass through on an 800lbs plus boar at over 800yds.
More power than that is simply not needed for all but a tiny handful of applications.