I took my dad shooting last Friday and he made a confession to me that was an interesting note and I thought I would pass it on.
When we moved to Alaska in 1978 he brought along his deer rifles(308 and 270) and soon was motivated to purchase a 44 Mag Ruger Single Action and 22 Mark ii.
He made a decision to disagree with the caliber choice and gun that everybody else suggested to him. He said that everybody gave him advice to purchase a Ruger Model 77 in 338 Win Mag with posthaste.
He said that he specifically avoided the 338 when he really thought it was a great caliber. He know believes that it probably is the ultimate Alaskan cartridge. However, he started with 300 mags, especially the 300 Win Mag and well he kept going down that street. He told us that the 338 kicked way worse than 300 Win Mag. He explained it kicked more than 375 H%H.
Right up there with a 458 he would say.
What is interesting about this is that he purchased 8mm Remington Mag, 358 Win, 375 H&H, 444, 45/70 and glaringly avoided purchasing a 338 Win Mag.
He also loaded up over 200 250 Gr Barnes(now discontinued) original bullets in 300 Win Mag and we used a heck of a lot of them. About 20 remain. This is the closest thing to a 338 without being a 338 that I have ever heard of. 338 250 grain bullets probably have better ballistics.
One of his neighbors believes in nothing but the 338 caliber and has 338 Win Mag, 340 Weatherby, 338/378 Weatherby and lastly a 330 Dakota Mag. He almost exclusively hunts with the 338 caliber.
My dad gets along with this guy but I thought that this was an interesting conversation point.
It is interesting how some people will continue to follow a path after they get started. Kind of like pouring money into a gun or a set up that they stubbornly continue with. Others will get rid of something at the first sign of trouble or as soon as they get all the problems ironed out.
I kind of think of Murphy on the last one. He might be kind of like an unsung saint. Fixing up outfits and finding good set ups only to sell them and look for some other problem or mystery.
Beartooth, you are like this too.
I was kind of wondering what you folks thought about this.