Originally Posted by Apex-Predator
The one and only Browning I have ever owned (A-Bolt II 7mm-08) gave me absolute fits trying to get it to group, factory ammo ALL shot really bad grapefruit-bowling ball sized groups, handloads with all the common powders gave 3-4" and after months of trying I finally started to get it dialed in with H380 and Big Game. I have it shooting great now but it was by far the hardest rifle I have ever worked with, my Savage Tikka and Winchester all went sub MOA first time out with at leased one load the Browning took almost a dozen trips to the range!
The reason I asked, was that I have a Browning BAR ll in .338 WinMag. It will shoot my hand loads (200 grain Nosler BT and 250 Hornady SP) into one inch all day long, and recoil is like a .270.
For the last 25+ years, I've used a .30-06 for everything, but in my misspent youth I was bitten by the "macho"
bug and had to have a "Belchfire" Magnum.
I'd probably still hunt with it if it was in .30-06 or .270.
OTOH, the older I get the more I appreciate my Model 70 Featherweight.