Originally Posted by etisll40
I don't read much on 8mm Rem Mag, was it popular at one time? What's the benefit? Is there a lot of brass out there, bullet selection?
Never did have much popularity. Factory load choices were abysmal, which is said to be the primary reason for its demise. Some called it too much gun for North American game.
But, the BC is one of the best. Certainly equal to the assorted 338 mags in long range potential.
Remington tried to sell it as, or attempted to, a "sporter" with an excessively tapered and lightened barrel. It still weighed over 9 lbs. Shooting it off hand was no big deal, but sighting in off the bench beat you to death if you didn't take care to sit upright. If you hunched forward your body couldn't roll with the recoil and it hurt. Eyebrow scope cuts off the bench were common.
Mounted in a tactical/sniper style stock helped the recoil. Installing a "varminter" barrel added weight and improved shot to shot accuracy.
In actuality it kicks no more that 338 Lapua and other heavy mags.
With the new barrel on mine, I have no longer any dissatisfaction. I is very accurate with jacketed lead bullets, and with the Douglas barrel I can shoot all day with no shift in impact or change in group size.