My favorite rifle is my .338 RCM Ruger. Mine is synthetic/stainless. With its 20 inch barrel, great iron sights, under-7-pound weight, and not much kick, its far and away the best rifle I've ever owned or shot. I like its flat shooting characteristic, its low weight and barrel length, and it sure does not kick too much for me. Everyone is different when it comes to kick, but a round like the 7mm mag is just too much kick to for me to enjoy.
I was a bit dismayed when Ruger discontinued the rifle, and later (recently) when Hornaday, who had been the only manufacturer of the ammo, announced that too was discontinued.
The last day or so I've come to realize that I'm not alone in my love for this round and rifle. I learned that over on this thread:
On that thread we keep coming back to the reloading issue, which is paramount since its inventors and manufacturers have abandoned it. So reloading is pretty darned crucial to its owners' futures in shooting the RCM round.
Some questions raised on that other thread/forum that are more appropriate for this one are:
1- Which non RCM brass can be converted to RCM? (I know there's at least one)
2- What powders, if any, can reproduce the great performance that the factory Hornaday rounds enjoy? Member "travelers" mentioned on the other thread that he was able to find one after some amount of experimentation. I know many RCM owners would really like to know what he has found does, and does not work well.
Mentioned on the other thread is a link to some presently available brass at non-horrible prices, $420 for 11 boxes:
This forum is much more appropriate for these reloading issues. RCM enthusiasts are definitely a minority, but I'm starting to understand that they're (we're) very enthusiastic about continuing using this round despite its short life within the product lines of both Ruger and Hornaday.