similar hunting calibers
I started with the 06 which is a great round, Then wanted a bigger rifle for AK and elk hunting and bought a rare Win 70 LH SS .338 Win mag when they were briefly produced about ten years ago. Since then I had a LH Montana 1999 LH custom .308 built.
I love them all but there is no substitute for the .338's power and its power at range in that group. I use a heavy foam pad in conjunction with the the recoil pad while bench shooting. I took two elk with my .338 both at close range. In both instances in the Oregon wilderness an elk that moves after it's shot can be a major addition to the work of packing out.
I think a LH bolt action .338 is too awesome a rifle to have to ever have buyers remorse or second thoughts about.