I am wanting a big 338 just because. Other than just shooting I really have no need for it, but they look cool and are big enough to leave me as the only real limitation. I am too poor to build a custom AND put good glass on it. I have a 6.5-284 111 LRH and it is the most accurate sporter weight rifle I have ever fired barring none, and I have played with/worked up loads for some VERY nice rifles that I did not own. So I got to hold and rub on a savage 338 Lapua a while back and I can't get her out of my mind. My only real concern is the 26 inch barrel, is this enough to get sufficient burn from this cartridge? What type of experience have those of you who own them had? Any other options in the 12-1400.00 range for a bare rifle? It will pretty much just be a range toy but may see a bean field hunt or three at times, and might use it on the occasional errant coyote that my 22-250 or 6.5x55 cant reach easily. In all honesty I just want something big with a big gigantic break on the end just cause I don't have one. In summation, is this a good choice for my purpose???