First Post. Hello all.
Ok gang, I recently purchased an 8mm Remington Magnum and all reloading accessories; it should be arriving soon. I have heard that this rifle is (or was anyway) popular for big game in Alaska. This will be my first large caliber rifle - and I am pretty excited - but some of the things I am reading regarding the recoil of this gun are a bit disconcerting.
I guess that I should mention that I live in the lower 48 and that this rifle would be overkill for any game in my neck of the woods with the possible exception of larger black bears. It will be regulated to long range target shooting. The versatility and rarity of the cartridge is what appealed to me, it is a rifle that not many people own, and I am really intrigued by the various loads for it.
That being said, how extreme is the recoil? Am I going to lose some teeth? I am reading of broken collarbones and concussions and foreheads split open and the like. That sounds a bit like hyperbole, but nonetheless this rifle seems to have a beastly reputation. Maybe that is why so few people own it? I doubt I have fired anything in its class in terms of recoil: a .300 Win Mag a few times, heavier loads in 7mm Rem Mag with frequency, and 3" Mag 000 buckshot; all of those will definitely give you a heads up that you have fired something powerful, but I'm guessing not on the scale of this monster...