Re: The Perfect Long Rifle
I think your on the right track 7 loader. Ultimately it's the bullet that makes or breaks it. This is true on targets, or big game.
About 38% of folks voted .30 caliber, and about 38% voted .338. I suspect that's because they have found a bullet that works for them in the bulk of what they do.
I have a 30-06 lightweight loaded with 200 grain Accubonds for still hunting whitetails. I have a .375 H&H for big stuff up close. My current "do it all rifle" is in .338 RUM. It used to be a .358 AI, but bullets available limited the potential of this rifle.
One should acknowledge their limitations, and since I had my neck welded back together recoil is a bigger issue. If a 200 gr Accubond in .284 was available, a big seven would a get a serious look. Also, if a 220-240gr .30 caliber Accubond was out there I'd certainly give a big .30 more of a look. Experientially match bullets have not been consistent for me on big game.
The other option for managing recoil is adding weight. Once you've done that, it begins to become a very specialized tool. Respects to Shawn Carlock, but look at his site check the gear list, and the picture of the loaded down ATV, you'll see the support system required to achieve his results. Again nothing, but respect for the guys hunting/shooting this way. However, I need a rifle that I don't have to leave behind extra socks, or boots to make a bush planes weight limits. It will also have to fit a saddle scabbard (a 26" barrel length is longest I've seen commercially made. I had mine made to hold 26 plus a brake), and not cripple the horse carrying it (I've seen both done).
Let's all hope, pray, and vote we never see the day we can have just one rifle.