Re: Its now official. I HAVE joined the dark side.
I crossed over a while ago and never looked back. You are right, the barrel burner reputation was earned in a context of target shooting. Barrel life, all things being equal, will likely be no worse than most the the rifles that are effective on game a LR. I have had excellent results using Retumbo with Fed 215's, and 140 Hunting Bergers..
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready"-T. Roosevelt