just got back from a hunting trip in south texas. took my winchester model 70 super express in .458 winmag. 350grn round nose soft point bullet at 2000fps. drops them where they stand. nice neat .45caliber in one side and a nice neat .45 caliber hole in the other side. destroys the heart and lungs leaving all the meat alone. ive never had to chase a deer. works on moose, elk, bear, coyote, and hogs. been using it for hunting since 1986. i get lots of funny looks but im not the one tracking a lost animal.
the load i use has about the same recoil as a 3inch magnum shotgun slug with much less meat damage.
originally i wanted a .45-70 but couldnt find it in a rifle i liked. i looked around at the time for another .45caliber rifle cartridge and they were few of em back in the 80's. i just like .45cal a lot. i settled on the .458 and learned to handload for it. it got me into handloading opening up a whole wide array of bullets and shooting.
the .458 may not be for everyone but my model 70 i have hunted and shot target with it for the last 23 years. its by far my most favorite rifle.
the most common comment i get from people is "that thing will blow the deer up why are you using it!!!" the only thing it blows up is the contents of the chest cavity of the game i am after. there is no big entry hole or big exit wound. its a great deer rifle.
as for what it says about me?? i dont really know. i am just a huge fan of big slow bullets. .45caliber be it in a pistol or a rifle has always been my favorite caliber.