Originally Posted by nikontom
I the first is; Who chambers for the 338 Federal cartridge now? Second; What do you guys think of the 338 RCM?
1. The only rifle I have in 338 Federal is a DPMS LR-338L it's a light AR-10 clone with an 18" barrel. Tikka and Ruger offer bolt actions at least they have fairly recently.
2. The 338 Federal has 57.5 grains case capacity and the 338 RCM has 71 both fit in a standard short action with about the same room for bullets as a 308Win. (not heavy VLDs). What's to think? Both are what they are.
I also have rifles in 338 Win Ma, 338 Norma Mag, 338 Rem Ultra, and 338-378 Weatherby.
Of those only the 338 Win Mag and the 338 Normal mag can shoot VLD's from a 3.6" magazine which is the longest factory Rem 700 and SAKO magazine.
The 338 Win Mag has 86 grains case capacity, the 338 Norma mag has 106.
To say bigger isn't better is blasphemy here on longrangehunting.com. Get a a second opinion from "shortrangehunting.com. Oops, the 338 Spectre and 338 BR are popular with that crowd. Maybe try "mediumrangehuntnig com The 338 Federal and 338 RCM must have a home somewhere. ;-)