A 338 Win Mag is not exactly a "Beast" as in the 40 calibers and up, but it deserves respect as it is on the lower end of the medium bores. I have one and have now had a brake installed. It was not exactly pleasant to shoot very often, of course with ammo prices it was not cheap to shoot either. I now shoot with a Gentry Brake and am very happy with it. I prefer to shoot my 375 H&H or 416 Rem Mag (neither have brakes) over shooting the 338 win mag without a brake. To me it just seems like a sharper recoil, though it may be the weight difference of the bigger bores or Im just getting older and more recoil sensitive. I will say that I think that the 338 WM is an outstanding rifle for elk or anything large, in Texas, should be good for Nilgai.
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