Originally Posted by Subaru_Freak
All of those are different tools for different jobs.
Totally agree, but most of what I hunt is paper. My current rig is a Savage 110 BA in .300 WM with Nightforce glass (pictured earlier in this thread). The market is littered with the .338 LM version of that gun but I purposely sought out a .300 WM (which is actually pretty rare) because it was going to be a target gun and didn't want to go poor keeping my brass inventory replenished. It may also be used to implode pigs, the jury is still out on that...
The .308 is at the top because of its flexibility as a platform and because I already run .30 caliber reloading gear. I'm looking at a TBAC or SAS can as they're both quality cans that could also be used on the .300 WM with the addition of a threaded brake (no QD for me).
The .338 LM and .375 came up when I started thinking about doing some big game hunts in the next several years. I could always lease a big gun but I'm too OCD about controlling groupings (reloading). The .338 LM brass is $$$, but the bullets are more common than .375 so there's more selection there. .375 H&H brass isn't much cheaper, and the bullet selection is usually limited to hippo-killers that cost a small fortune so it wouldn't be much fun at the range. Well, the fun:money ratio is diminished anyway
I like the .260, but if I'm going with a smaller bore I'd rather just stick with the .308 since I have some equipment invested and there's a lot more selection in factory ammo. If I had to go smaller than .30 than I'd probably go 6.5 Creedmore since a friend of mine swears by it for competition.