The 8x57 or 8mm Mauser is a great round. One of the world's great cartridges. Anything the .30-06 will do, the 8x57 will do; be it accuracy, distance, or power. In fact, with the heavier bullets, the 8x57 will perform even better than the old '06. The Vz 24 is a nice rifle also. I have three 8x57's and will probably acquire a few more.