Wow! Who's upset now? Touched a nerve?
The comment he made wasn't lip service, as you assume, as it was directed towards a group of other PHs we were with. It's cheap for you to call a comment as anecdotal, but nevertheless it was made in no connection to him fishing for a future salary, or, by me "pot stirring" as you seem to believe. When I got my 458 Win Mag, the Lott was still very much a wildcat which faced abortion if no company cared take it on. In the decades since, I've done quite a bit of hunting with it, and love it because the 458 Win Mag is very capable in doing the job I want. Period, and that's the point I made. But IMO your thinking and attitude, in your responses, reveals much more about your character than anything else.
In kind, it makes me happy, too, that every time you "touch one off", you'll never forget the fact that you're perpetuating the culmination of one man's error of judgement - compounded by his refusal to later admit to it - so all I can say is: enjoy your touching!!
In kind, too, please don't forget, too, that there are far better calibres than either the 458 Win Mag or the Lott - 500 Nitro, 505 Gibbs (which does work in a bolt action) etc. With much better calibres around why not get a 577 Tyranosaur? Then you could enjoy "pot stirring" with everybody else here - if indeed that's your game.
To clarify: My comment was purely pot stirring and I am not upset in the least nor programmed to register you whilst shooting. I personally don't take any satisfaction from being complimented on my skills or abilities with firearms. It's a given requirement for the hunt and a checked box when fulfilled and a lamentation when unrealized.
I enjoy the utility of the chambering in accommodation of two case lengths and a myriad of bullets available for practice and hunting. If I had known about a .375 Weatherby before my .375 H&H's I would have likely gone that route.
I appreciate your wit in reply. It made me smile.
I am aware that there are far better calibres than the .458's both above and below. Some are historically limited from realizing their full potential. I think the .416 Rigby is an all around better cartridge, but suffers in availability of economic practice projectiles. I am quite content with being excluded from the great tier of .50 and above stopping rifles. I have fired a .505 Gibbs and it was a rewarding experience, but I do not have a desire to load for one. As far as the horsepower behemoths go why not just load a .50 BMG and realize ultimate power while retaining some economy and brass availability?