Now first of all I am not recoil sensitive as can be seen by my targets shooting my 300Win Mag. The 300Win Mag will get some folks attention because recoil with just a 165gr bullet can be more than some want.
Here is recoil of my 165gr HPBT deer load in my 300Win Mag.
Bullet Dia (in): 0.308
Case Length (in): 2.620
Case Volume (gr H2O): 86.4
Muzzle velocity (ft/sec): 3161
Bullet Wt (gr): 165
Charge Weight (gr): 74
Barrel Length (in): 24
Firearm Weight (lb): 7.50
Free recoil energy is 31.1 ft-lb. (42.2 Joule)
The 300Win Mag does hit hard and really shakes the animal as it is slamming it to the ground in a lot of cases especially deer, hogs and black bear.
My 358Win does not do that to game, they just seem to clasps and drop to the ground. It is interesting to note the difference in the field between these two cartridges. There is obviously a lot of dynamic shock with the 300Win Mag and a lot of momentum and frontal area with the heavier bullet in the 358Win. They seem to act differently as far as terminal results are concerned, which can be seen by the way game act when hit, at least that is what I have observed over the last five years using both of these cartridges each hunting season.
But what is so cool with the 358win is the less free recoil energy and how easy it is to shoot when using a much heavier bullet. It really is a lot of fun to shoot at the range and to carry in the field and watch an animal just clasps like a house of cards. I do love this cartridge and always have been impressed with the accuracy of my specific out of the box Ruger Hawkeye Blued/Wood version.
Here is the recoil of my 225gr Sierra G/K SBT deer load.
Bullet Dia (in): 0.358
Case Length (in): 2.015
Case Volume (gr H2O): 178.7
Muzzle velocity (ft/sec): 2464
Bullet Wt (gr): 225
Charge Weight (gr): 47
Barrel Length (in): 22
Firearm Weight (lb): 7.50
Free recoil energy is 23.7 ft-lb. (32.1 Joule)
Yes, I think this is one of the most under rated black timber, dense woods, thick swamp cartridges around. As the Lord is my witness, so far everything I have shot with my 358Win has dropped right were I shot it. Now all my shots have been under 200yds so far.
It is not a fast cartridge although on tough game I can choose to use my 225gr Accubond, 225gr Partition or Hawk with TAC powder traveling over 2500fps but these are not as accurate as the above load.
I am fascinated with guns, all kinds of guns, and especially all kinds of rifle cartridges, but the 358Win has won my affection. If at all possible, due to terrain and conditions that I know about, I tend to reach for my 358Win. Cool cartridge indeed.
Here is a link to my full article on the 358Win http://ammoguide.com/?article=mhsp68/358