Just curious if anyone on the forum uses a 8mm Remington magnum for hunting.
About 5 years ago I owned a Remington Model 700 Classic and used it for caribou hunting, I was very pleased with the results. Only ammo I had for the rifle sat on the village store shelves for 20 years before I bought them. There were 10 boxes @ $18.00/box, I vaguely remember that they were 200 grain bullets.
Never got around to mounting a scope on the rifle since it wore open sights. Spent most of my hunting life shooting with open sights so I didn't mind at all. Only started using a scope back in the mid 1990's. For quite a few years scopes we never seen out here in the villages. Whenever a local hunter showed up on the hunt with a scoped rifle everyone would tease him about his shooting skill and how poor his eyesight must be getting. We would all have a good laugh back in those days. The first time I shot caribou with the 8mm I believe the distance was around 200 paces, I was impressed. Each of the caribou dropped in their tracks instantly. My partner checked the animals and both were shot in the heart. Comparing my 243 Winchester with the same shot placement, caribou would usually do a wobbled knee dance before falling over. My 340 Weatherby with 250 grain Noslers would also lay caribou in their tracks instantly. When I bought my 340 had not planned on using it for caribou, but on that trip I had mistakenly picked up a box of empty 300 Winchester mag brass on my way out the door, so I had no choice but to use my Weatherby. Nothing like shooting game with these larger caliber once in a while, very impressive. Shot placement is still key to dropping them instantly in their tracks.