Originally Posted by Forrest Ebert
You could get the 180 VLD to what you want but you will loose a lot more in cases and barrel life ! I have a load in my RUM with a 189grn. Cauterucio VLD that I chronoed at 3150 and gave excellent accuracy but I wouldn't want to shoot it except for hunting purposes as it will wear everything out quickly and I have found that 88.5 grains of Retumbo with a 168 Berger VLD is a Real killer both in accuracy and on animals ! The 7mm,300 & 375 Ultra mag. cases are all the same with the .338 being the different one of the bunch !
Just curious, how many shots per year do you take hunting? I know that if I shot a rifle (any cal) just for hunting it would last for generations. I hear this barrel life thing a lot in respect to hunting rifles. Even the worst of the barrel burners would last 8 to 10 years if fired 100 times per year. Hear in MT I shoot about 6 animals per year. I realize there are some professional hunters that shoot hundreds of animals per year, but I don't think this is representative of the average hunter.
My opinion is get the hot rod cal of your choosing run it up hot and use it for what it was designed for. If you want to shoot 7 mag velocities out of a 7 RUM because you are afraid to burn up the barrel, then you should have a 7 mag.
PS. I am not aiming at Forrest here just commenting in general.