Just thought I would post some information on this gun and caliber. Seems there is a lot of bad press on the Kimbers, etc..
Accuracy – This gun is finicky. It likes the factory 180gr TSX and one of my handloads, 42gr of H322 with the 210gr TTSX. I am getting 1” to 1.5” groups off the bench at 100 yards. This rifle is very light so is more difficult to shoot IMO. I have not tried any lead bullets. I moved away from them for hunting things I eat.
338 Federal killing power- I look at this caliber as a heavy bullet 30-06 in a short action. It has similar ballistics. I shot a moose with it this year. 180gr TSX factory load. Frontal neck shot. Through neck, lungs, and back into the gut somewhere. 75 yard shot with plenty of penetration and damage.
I bought this gun primarily for moose.
I would buy this gun again. If you are looking for a lightweight gun for long hikes this is a great gun and caliber combo.