What do you want in a big bore rifle?

We all have our own likes and dislikes, and to some degree, perhaps even prejudices when it comes to rifles and calibres. You need to examine what it is that you want, or would like, in a big bore rifle, and then assess whether those things are complimentary to, or will negatively affect what it is that you really need. For instance, if you really want a .50 calibre rifle because it sounds really cool, but shooting your 7mm rifle makes you flinch, then you really need to consider whether the 'cool' factor is worth outlaying the money to have a rifle that you will be scared to shoot. Conversely, if you like .475 calibre more than .458 calibre, then this has very little bearing on how the rifle will perform in the field, but gives you what you like.

Similarly, rifle appearance and design should be pleasing to you, without compromising what the rifle is intended for. If you like big rifles with long barrels but intend chasing grizzly bears in thick woods, then maybe the big rifle is just not the best platform for the job at hand. If you're buying a rifle just for what it is or the way it looks, that's one thing. If you're buying it to do a specific job, then that's another. Fortunately, there's also plenty of room for overlap between looks and function. There are also a myriad of options available to you so that if you want a rifle that looks a particular way, then you can certainly build a custom order rifle that will fit the bill perfectly.

A fine firearm is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Your big bore rifle should be no different. It should appeal to you and be what you want, provided that it's fit for its intended purpose.