Originally Posted by Bravo 4
I agree that this fella doesn't "need" a .338 anything for his intended goals and a 7mag of sorts or a .30 cal can get it done.
I also agree that your crappy shooting .338 WinMag was hardly anything to fuss about when it comes to long range. However, that's kinda of a poor example to base your experience with an entire caliber isn't it?
Reminds me of a .270 I had once, it shot so bad that I (and others) couldn't get it properly zeroed. That rifle turned me off of .270's for a long time, but I think I was only 12 and didn't know any better.
A 7mm or .30 can do anything a .338 can do. Shot placement is key.
Unless you're shooting dangerous game in Africa, or shooting beyond 1500 yards, I see no reason to step up beyond a .30.
I disliked .338's long before I owned one. It just helped solidify the uselessness of one for north american game. I've also never liked a .270 Win. Never liked a .30-06 Sprg, either. Still don't. The .30-06 AI is a different beast entirely, and is an Ackley, and I respect and revere PO Ackley's work, therefore I have more respect for it.
You cannot deny that the .338's are only as popular as they are because they are the newest trend on the block, and because nobody has made any huge advancements in .35, .375, .408 bullet tech that is more affordable and in more supply and demand.
I would feel the same way about anything larger than a .30 cal as well. It's not just hate for the .338.