Having made it out the other side of a unexpected event at the beginning of the year (streptococcal peritonitis - several weeks in Intensive care and a vertical 12" abdominal scar that has left my international bikini modeling career in tatters - as the practice nurse said, 'a great way to loose weight but don't do it again') I've been thinking about treating myself to a custom rifle to use abroad.
My principle workhorse is a Copper Arms model 54 in .260 Rem which I like a great deal and I've been thinking about another. - from the Cooper custom shop if I can organise the import from the US to go along side it (Brian Fox is no longer importing Cooper). I travel to NZ and Australia to see family once or twice a year so opportunity to get some use from something bigger is there; although its fair to say that I'm confident enough in the 260 to do the job in many cases, I just wqould like a little 'more gun'. Since its not going to be used every day, I'm going to go all out with polished mirror finish case colored receiver, exhibition grade claro stock, matching Apel mounts etc. I'm only going to buy this once so to hell with it.
After hours with Cartridges of the world, and having discounted something sensible and middle of the road like a 30-06 I was fairly keen on a 300 Win Mag, but a couple of pieces by Craig Boddington has persuaded me that if I'm going to buy something bigger, then the 375 H&H is the daddy and there is little that I would want to shoot that I couldn't with that. Ammunition is no issue because I reload anyway, but helpful that its also available everywhere.
I know how subjective recoil is (I'm not too frail!) but on balance opinion seems to be that the 375 is perceived to be a little less sharp than the 300 and 338 derivatives.
Its all a matter of opinion of course and all of them will do the job if the user does his (or her)'s, anyone with experience care to comment though? Either on the chambering or whether you've regretted owning something that looked nice in the rack but then didn't use because you were worried about damaging it!