Ok I've been considering a 338 caliber rifle for hunting in Alaska. Initially I was looking at the 338 win mag, after running the ballistics I really don't see the benefit over a 300 win mag. The 338 RUM looks like it would really fill the gap between those two cartridges, especially for the shots over 400 yards. I'm considering the remington 700 XCR, does anyone have some knowledge of the accuracy potential of this rifle/cartridge combination? I'm also curious about the recoil, I like shooting magnum rounds but I've never shot a 338. I shoot 385 grain 50. cal muzzle loader bullets behind 130 grains of powder without the slightest problem, and the 3 1/2" magnum turkey loads are not even close to being an issue. Is the 338 RUM more harsh in terms of recoil?