Wow, very much appreczite the feedback and enthusiasum. I do hope to make an annual "bigger" game trip out of state to hunt mulies or elk, and God willling someday moose, carribou, or any other great eating game. I am welcoming this opportunity to get some valued training from a former Montana elk guide and hope to grow from there.
I do pretty insane hikes out here on the West Coast when hunting. All day hikes typically, usually for a couple consecutive days throughout the season. I like to move fast, even on VERY steep terrain when required. I can see the value in going into the backcountry for extended periods with a pack and say horses, but have not yet at least while hunting. As far as what it will be like this year, I just dont know...how much hiking vs. setting up and glassing. It seems to me that getting to remote spots, then
glassing ideal spots would be ideal in many areas. Again I can only imagine the abilities unlocked with a skill like the ones you all describe.
I'd like to practice as frequently as possible, however out here that may be once or twice a month and more around hunting season. Certainly initially I would have t o put more time in consistently. I would like at least the ability to shoot 1K in a decent group under great target situations...having confident kill shots at that range at least now seems like a pipedream but I would like to have the device that can take me there if I can.
Having a couple "larger" caibers already, amongst other smaller calibers, I am ultimately looking for my beast, with the understanding that I may not be buying another platform for years, maybe lots. The 338LM for me seems like part cop out, and part confidence. I like the idea of working with the one rifle over time to make it work for me and always be more than capable for what I ask. Also, if I were to build something else up to acheive similar capabilities, it seems like I have to have more experience? It seems my sacrifice with the 338LM will be its size and capabiltiies intially.
Another question, I have heard of removable muzzle brakes
...what is that all about? On for target off for hunting? Why have it off hunting? Reloading....not into it yet but understand that it seems like a manadatory thing in this world. And like fishing, you'd better enjoy the prep time as much as the "action" time. I'll keep reading on the site and will ask questions as long as folks want to comment. Again, totally appreciate the your time, thanks for the ideas and feedback.