Whatever blows yur skirt up, but you will take as many shots are usually fired during the course of the hunt, and it will tell on you, especially as you age, bursitis will set in with big bore recoil. That ocassional shot you take without your ear protection ( yes it happens) are some of the things to be aware of..just off the top of my hat, Im sure there are more negatives than positives..
The op is obviously gone but for what it is worth . For any one that thinks there will be mass distraction on varmints using ballistic tip 338 projectiles you are going to be disappointed , they just put a hole through them and sink into the ground without showing any sign of destruction.
By the time you get your sight picture back there is just a dead rabbit on the ground .
Good for practice and getting familiar with your gun but that is all.
But that is enough to , hunting deer with a gun you are not used to is not the best idea.
On that premise some varmint shooting with your deer rifle is a good thing .
A lot easier to Confidently place a good shot on a deer if you can hit a varmint at a reasonable distance.
In my experience, your brain would be jello by the time the second wave showed up, but more than that, big bullets are NOT destructive to small animals...not NEARLY as destructive as a light .22 at 3kfps.
There is something to be said about hitting low on a PD mound and launching him like a bull rider, but they run fast when they hit the ground.
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