I have been shopping around for a new rifle. 2 of the things that were must have for my new rifle were (1) CRF, and (2) 3 position safety which also locks the bolt. From my experience there are only a few of the manufacturers that have these options and are readily available over the counter, the Win Mod 70, Kimber, and Ruger. I own a Win mod 70 in 300 Win Mag and do not like the gun, and I have never been fond of Ruger rifles (just my opinion), so I have decided to go with a Kimber.
I have it narrowed down to 2 models, but canít quite decide. I really wanted to go up to a .375 H&H this time. The gun will be used for moose and bear. I am not new to hunting Alaska big game, but donít consider myself an expert on guns/ballistics etcÖ
I was hoping for some input from others.
Kimber 8400 Montana chambered in .338 win Mag
Here are the pros and cons for my situation.
Better long range capabilities
not the caliber I wanted (but plenty for moose and bear)
Recoil?? Is it less or more than the .375 H&H?
Kimber 8400 Talkeetna chambered in .375 H&H
Recoil?? Is it less or more than the .338?
More knock down power
Have sights on it which isnít bad, but not one of my requirements.
Worse long range capabilities?
These are just a few of my observations. If I go with the .338 I am still upgrading, but not exactly what I wanted. Is the .375 any better than the .338? I guess I will just throw this out there and we can fill in the blanks as the discussion moves forward.
Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions. Every time I think I have made a final decision, something makes me go back and forth between the 2 guns. I just want to do everything I can to make the right decision.