Hey guys, I have never hunted elk but I want to in the next few years and I may build another rifle with that in mind. What are your thoughts on why a .338 with 2000 lbs of energy kills better than a 7mm with 2000lbs of energy? Does it? I hate recoil and don't really like brakes. I can deal with a 7mm unbraked. I've had a 300 rum with a brake(sold it), and the recoil was like a 243 but it made me dizzy to shoot it and the blast was tremendous. I guess the larger frontal area of the 338 would transfer more energy, but assuming a good bullet in both of them that will penetrate fully, can a 338 make that much larger of a wound channel? I have been reading lots about this for a while and I kind of agree with the guys that say a marginal hit with a 338 is no better than a marginal hit with a 7. And that with a well placed 7mm they should go down just as fast.