if the world wanted a bunch of one sided views, the web would be a bunch of websites with no discussion boards or forums..but we as humans like to debate and discuss things.
more on topic...if my quarry does not require it, then why subject myself to the abuse of a big belted magnum? I don't WANT to put my big boy pants on just to go to the range and plink some soda cans. I want to enjoy my time. i shot a 375H&H...i don't like it. I've shot bigger...i don't enjoy feeling like mike tyson just jabbed me in the shoulder every time the trigger goes click.
I learned a long time ago that shot placement matters more than the size of the slug. watched a video on the net once of an iraqi soldier, hit midsection with a 50BMG, return fire (accurately) for about 20 seconds until he passed...had that shot been a few inches higher...
We have all seen that deer too. the one that is missing one side of its' rib cage, doing mach 10 thru the forest ending up a couple hundred yards from where it was initially shot with the elephant gun...and yet there's an equally abundant group of folks who have seen deer drop to their belly with a single hit in the chest from a .243...it's alll about shot placement and DELIVERY of the available kinetic energy. a heavy indestructible .50 cal slug running right thru the target (as was the case of the 50BMG story above) vs. a well designed ballistic tip or hollow point 24 cal bullet expanding completely and delivering 100% of it's available kinetic energy to the target...with 1/10th the recoil, 1/2 or less weight in the rifle...I don't want to be THIS guy.
but i digress...the big magnums have their purpose. I likely will never see an animal up close that would require one. I have no intention of hunting anything larger than mule deer, and if i DO get to go after moose, i'll do it with a bow anyway.
i must say too...I really, i mean REALLY enjoyed shooting my uncle's Sako 300 Win Mag...that thing is a thumper, but it's recoil is VERY tame. I like that caliber a lot and if Marlin had offered the X7 series in the 300WM, i would have bought that over the .308