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Redarrow18 09-13-2010 12:38 AM

WWII Mauser 98 for hunting?
 
would a 8mm take down a white tail deer?

i would be shooting it out of a WWII dated Mauser 98

c3shooter 09-13-2010 02:02 AM

Yes. Also antelope, elk, bear, moose, and Sasquatch. For God's sake, do not use military FMJ ammo. It will kill them, but you will likely never find them since they will run a half mile before falling over. 8mm Mauser has been used to kill ELEPHANTS.

Redarrow18 09-13-2010 10:21 AM

dang, thanks. ill probably be using remington 8mm or something then :)

Tuner 09-13-2010 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Redarrow18 (Post 349775)
dang, thanks. ill probably be using remington 8mm or something then :)

Make sure you buy 8 mm mauser ammo (I believe 8 x 57) and not 8mm Rem. Mag. ammo. You probably know that but I thought I would throw it in just in case.

spittinfire 09-13-2010 03:54 PM

Many folks have taken game including whitetails with an 8mm.

Fisherking 09-13-2010 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tuner (Post 349861)
Make sure you buy 8 mm mauser ammo (I believe 8 x 57) and not 8mm Rem. Mag. ammo. You probably know that but I thought I would throw it in just in case.

Don't forget to use the 8X57 "JS" this is 323. Pre 1915 the 8 mm was .318
My 2 cents
F.K.

divinginn 09-14-2010 12:58 AM

I have shot one white tail with a 8mm Mauser,it dropped in it tracks with the largest exit hole I have ever seen. That rifle also made the largest flash I have ever seen,I shot right at the crack of dawn.

yazul42 09-16-2010 12:10 PM

I used to have a 98 Persian Mauser in 8mm,, shot very well. My father sporterized many 8's back in the 60's for people. Back then you could pick up a surplus rifle for a song, there were still a lot of reasonably priced stocks available from Bishop's, Fajen's etc. One could build a rifle for a much lower price than a factory at that time. 8 x 57mm, was very common at that time and a lot of fellows down south had them. They are cabale of taking most game in N.A., with good handloads. As stated above, make sure you know your exact bore size for safety and accuracy reasons. Most American factory rounds today, leave a great deal of room for improvement. I believe you have an excellent, all around hunting rifle, in an 8mm. Enjoy.

Jeff


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