That is a beauty of a rifle, to bad it kicks like a beast..
Incredible rifle, and by the performance it is a real nice shooter. I am not a fan of rifles that hurt when you pull the trigger. I do it, by I don't enjoy helping people zero their shotguns with slugs during the range days prior to the Deer opener.
For the kind of hunting that I ask of my rifles, Deer and hopefully Elk again in the future a 30-06 will take care of business with 1/2 the recoil.
I have read several articles in Guns and Ammo editor Craig Boddington is a big fan of the 8mm Mag. I think that he went so far as to say it is his favorite cartridge. I know that you are handloading for yours, but if you didn't reload I would worry about ammo availability. I don't know whether the animal could tell the difference between being hit by a 8mm Mag or a 338 Win Mag. The 338 Mag is I think more popular, and recommended for the same class of animal. The 338 Win Mag is also the same length as a 30-06 and doesn't require a Magnum length action. I have shot my buddies 340 Weatherby I am guessing the 8mm Mag would have similar recoil.
Really great posts! If I was going after big bears I'd have to shop for something bigger than what's in my vault. Right now, no brown bear for me. As far as collecting goes I've waited for a mint Winchester model 70 and found one in 243 cal, dates to 1952-54?? We all have a wish list sometimes it takes a lifetime to fill.
Back in the 1960's my brother bought a 1939 German military 8mm Mauser.It had a steel butt plate. I made the mistake of lying prone to shoot with that butt plate on top of my shoulder.Whoo boy! That hurt!
That was a great example of bullet performance with the Accubond and not so great performance with the Sierra bullet on the water jugs. How do you think the Accubond compares on game the size of say an Elk compaired to the Partition? I wasn't able to recover the only 30 cal Partition I put in an Elk.
Well, today is revealing indeed all accept me changing my OAL and opening up my group to over twice the size it was Friday. You know, sometimes I need to leave somethings a lone. Now that said, here are my velocities from two different groups this morning and they are not over max (you can see by looking at my brass). I am going to adjust my OAL back to were it was 3.600" and continue to work up one tenth of a grain at a time till I get near or at max for my rifle.
Here are pictures of my chronograph readings, brass fired for highest velocity average and my group that needs the OAL adjusted back to where it was. This is very significant, considering I have a 24" barrel, and a greater cross section of my 200gr bullet than a 200gr bullet out of a 300Rum.