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Old 09-13-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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would a 8mm take down a white tail deer?

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

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:02 AM   #2
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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.

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

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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