Dead is dead, and the 7mm/08 AI will get the job done at most of the ranges we are talking about under normal conditions. I believe the reason most of us go to the big magnums is the greater margin for error they provide. The longer the shot, the more the shooting gremlins come in play. If I am off a little on my wind or ranging estimates, the magnum with the heavy vld bullet is more forgiving. If the only shot presented to me on a trophy elk
is through the front shoulder of an elk quartering towards me at 800 yards, then again, I want all the weight and juice I can muster to punch through and down that animal quickly. In most hunting situations, either caliber will get the job done. But in tough situations, where I have worked long and hard to bring a shot opportunity together, I want to be able to bring as much power to the table as I can to ensure the highest chance for success. The price of this insurance is more recoil, and more throat erosion. It's the ante in the high stakes poker game that some of us prefer to play in.