I had a .338 once, a little 6.5 lb custom rifle
, and that was 6.5 scoped. It had a nice soft recoil pad and a small muzzle break. My load used 250 gr. bullets. It was no problem to shoot 20 rounds from the bench with this rifle... but I still prefer the 7 mag. My 8 lbs scoped 270 WSM is as effective as the 7 mag, just enough heft to settle nicely, and accurate enough to be a 600 yard marmot gun.
For me, this is the ultimate big game hunting rifle.