Not really, we already have a full line of WSM's, no need for anymore.Well thats what i was wondering. All this cartridge seems to do is give good preformance out of a short barrel but if thats not your goal then does this cartridge display any other good qualities?
From what I've read the new RCM cartridge has no advantage over the WSM in a long barrel. It's only advantage is that it gets better velocity in short barrels than the WSM would. I happen to like short barrels for the areas I hunt. They are thickly wooded and a short barrel just handles better for this situation. The problem I have with the concept is that when I'm hunting in thickly wooded areas the shots are at short range and that doesn't really require magnum performance. It may even be a detriment. I would be concerned that I needed to use bullets that don't come apart when they hit game at short range high velocity and also about the amount of meat damage these high velocity loads can cause at short range. I think this is another expensive solution to a non-existent problem.Ya my main question was whether this cartridge was better than the 300 wsm in the same length barrles.
I agree, it doesn't make a lick of difference in the field. I like the looks of the old school belted mags, and I like how they perform. But for someone to say they have the advantage in the field, because they are using a shorty of some kind, that is total BS. I will admit, I never really saw what the big hoopla about the WSM's was about, maybe I'm just too old :bigeyes:Well, what anyone shoots is their business yet I must admit to being a little lost when it comes to the current crop of shortened cartridges. Let us suppose you own a bolt action .375 Holland and Holland (a very historically famous and size wise lengthy cartridge for newer shooters). Now, you are in the field and suddenly you have a fantastic shot at an appropriate game animal for that cartridge. I just can't believe on any level I will have some type advantage from the chambering of a shorter round of similar bore and ballistic performance. But . . . that's just my perspective and other people may feel differently.
I have never had a problem with belted mags not feeding right, this seems to be a phenomena which started to occur when the WSM's came out. Not saying that it doesn't happen, just that i have never run into any problems with the belt. It's odd that the belted magnum cartridges started to develop all of these problems, upon the release of the short mags. I remember shooting a .300 Win Mag back in 1984, it was hailed as an outstanding cartridge, but now a days, it's almost worthless with all of these shorties out thereI have a question for you two. HAve you ever not chambered a second round becasue you caught the belt with the bolt? And yes a agree that the belted mags look cool.