the old winchesters are indeed the best looking rifles produced in america. i just wish i had known about the super grade back then i would have waited to get one till i had the money.
i read a lot of stuff on african hunting and shooting big bore rifles before i took the first shot. i had 6 months to research everything i could find about them considering there was no real interweb back then it wasnt easy finding real info. i used the library at UT texas and SWT sanmarcos texas along with local libraries.
touching off that first 510grain elephant bullet was scary as hell. i fired one shot that first day. a week later i was back at the range and fired the other 19. i fell in love with the thing. after that i bought my first loading manual and press. it had open sights which are currently in the gun safe and for about a year thats what i left on it.
i soon bought an old weaver k3 or k4, i get it mixed up, off a guy at a gunshow for 20$. it was an el paso made scope with post reticle. that was one TOUGH scope it last until 3 years ago when it started to lose zero round to round. we are talking several thousand 458 magnum shots over the course of 20 years.
i dont always use the big 510 bullets most of the time its 350 or 400 grn loads. in that rifle its about like a 12ga 3inch mag slug in felt recoil. whenever i go to the range with it a crowd soon forms its not something people run across everyday.