I really wanted to try out a Hawkeye so when my buddy decided he wanted to start deer hunting I had the perfect excuse to get a new rifle. Selling my MKII Allweather .308 to him. Couldn't think of a better all around package then the .358 for the hunting I do plus I have plenty of .308 brass. All I need are dies. Think I'll try 200 gr. Horn. over Varget first since I have that on hand.
Think you will enjoy your rifle . I have a friend that bought a BLR in 358 and sold it , thinking he wouldn't like it after a few trips to the range . Now he wants a 358 W back.
The nice thing about the 358 W is that you can load lead bullets packed with Varget and plink to your hearts content at a lower cost than if you used jacketed bullets .Check out the RCBS 200 gr GC.
To resize 308 brass I just flares my 308 brass with a Lyman M die that I had , then lubed the iside neck before running them through a 358 FL size die , and never loast a case . Sometimes without the flare you could just mushroom the case otherwise .
For deer I usually shot the Hornady 200 gr with Varget . For Bear I doubt if you can beat the 225 Gr bullet .
I personly like a trigger pull just under 3LBs and a good smith can quick tune that ruger trigger for that . I thought it was well worth the buck.
So enjoy your new gun and happy shootin'