Your full of it, I've killed plenty of deer with my 338. Bullet selection is important. My buck this year had minimal meat damage with the 300 mag. I've seen plenty of guys blow deer to nothing with an 06 and ballistic tip ammo. Learn to shoot you gun, and the next time I'm out at the ranch in Montana I'll remember I should have taken my 243 when were out for elk. Oh wait that will be in the safe amd I'll likely have the 338 with, again.I dont understand all those big calibers for you northern folks. Biggest magnum I own is the 7mm win mag. I only have it for shtf moments I havent ran into yet. For long range hunting, my .270 does just find and I have killed deer at 300yrds with my 30-06. Killed more deer with a 243 than anything else I have ever owned. I aint had a bear run off yet when shot with my 44mg ruger carbine or my 44mag model 29. those big 300 mag and 338 magnum are best left to those folks that shoot from mountain top to mountain top out west or across those 600 acre corn fields on elk and moose and mule deer. Hit a white tail with a 338 and you dont have nothing left to eat. Heck, most of the deer you get to shoot around here can be took with open sights and a 30-30.
35 Whelen is on my list of calibers to acquire.My household we use 30-06, .35whelen, 6.5 and 30-30
bullet placement is important with all three and all three will kill when the shooter knows what they’re doing
It is odd the calibers that make it and the ones that went the way of the dodo bird.Speaking of guns from the 60’s, two cartridges that always intrigued me are the 264 and 284 Winchester. The 264WM is sort of like the 220 swift on steroids. Flattest shooting medium game cartridge around but hot loads guarantee short barrel life.