Re: Texas Hunt
If you are talking about someone brand new to shooting, HELL NO don't start with a 338 Lapua. The recoil and muzzle blast will turn them off of shooting forever, and if it doesn't the flinch they will initially develop will take a LONG time to cure.
If you are talking about someone new to long range hunting/shooting, who has many years of experience in shooting (as is pretty much a pre-requisite to this sport anyway), the 338 Lapua would be a fine starting place for a long range rifle. Just realize the cost of ammuntion and brass is very expensive, since Lapua and Norma are the only manufacturers.
Learn from others mistakes, you won't live long enough to make them all yourself