If you reload, there's nothing wrong with 8 Rem Mag. Had one for years. Heckuva cartridge for elk-sized/type game. Not hard or tricky to reload. Components are not hard to find and certainly not harder to find nor more expensive than those for the 8x68s. The 8 Rem Mag is ballistically comparable to the 8x68s. To say the 8x68s is ballistically or functionally superior is pure continental/European caliber bias and doesn't square with reality. If anything the 8 Rem Mag would have a slight pressure ballistic advantage because it has slightly more case capacity than the 8x68s. The 8 Rem Mag simply may have been a cartridge ahead of it's time. The original Remington factory ammo loaded with either 185 or 220 gr bullets was horrendous!!! It simply over cooked the original factory loads with the weak cup and core design Remington bullets. The tough, well designed big game bullets currently available work well at the higher vels the cartridge yields.