It's fun thinking about rifles, calibres, ballistics, etc, endlessly with some apparent prerequisites in mind, i.e. most accurate, best barrel life and least recoiling calibre that will reliably kill elk out to 600yds and most of the replies make sense based on your requirements.
It's amazing, however, what really governs our choices and what really matters when it's time to put your money where your mouth is. Basically, a good deal which comes close, and sometimes not so close, to meeting our requirements usually does the trick. We like to think and play mind games with ourselves 'cause it's fun. But come across a Browning BAR in .338 Win Mag, with muzzle brake
and there go the most accurate, best barrel life and least recoiling cartridge prerequisites out the door!! Well, the fact that you're not a fan of muzzle brakes
didn't matter either!
A good deal is a good deal and it sounds like you got one. Bottom line is that we hate to do with one rifle what we could do with two, or more, rifles! Trouble is it's so much fun crapping on about the mythical all-round rifle that will do it all even though we secretly don't want to own it!! Happy hunting! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]