i like big bore rifles. ive had a 458 winmag for over 2 decades. bought one at 18. 10 years ago i bought a winchester model 70 in 338 winmag. its a very versatile round but i found it way more unpleasent to shoot than my 458 winmag. a rifle light enough to lug around the woods looking for elk is going to be a very brutal rifle to shoot well for a new hunter of elk.
i highly recommend you plead and beg with someone who has one to let you try theirs first.
i ended up selling my 338. i just didnt like the unpleasent recoil profile. its more of a slap than a push. i equate it to being would you rather be punched by tyson or pushed by tyson.
just my opinion
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