Thoughts on the 8mm mauser cartridge

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by nhjon1980, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. nhjon1980

    nhjon1980 New Member

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    I have a VZ 24 in 8mm Mauser. Who has experience with this rifle and/or round? How is it for distance?
     
  2. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    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.
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  3. nhjon1980

    nhjon1980 New Member

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    Thanks. Im planning on using it for deer and bear. Can you recommend any specific rounds for it?
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Any soft point hunting round. Federal Power Shok 170 gr is one of the good ones. Adequate for deer/ bear/ elk at what range you can hold all shots on a 5 inch paper plate. Rifle you mention will be heavier to carry than a civilian sporting rifle, but a good one.
     
  5. gschnarr

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    Having used the 8x57 for a number of deer, I have nothing but praise for the round. As stated above, use a soft point round. I like Privi, Wolf gold and SB. The european rounds are loaded to the normal 8mm working pressures. With american brand rounds, they are loaded to around the 30-30 pressures because of possible legal issues if the round is shot in a mauser that has the older .318 bore. Use it with confidence.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Especially if you handload, the 8X57 is one of the all time greats.:)
     
  7. nhjon1980

    nhjon1980 New Member

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    I plan on reloading it. Its one of my favorite pastimes next to shooting. Lol. Any favorite loads? Thanks everybody for the feedback. Im looking forward to using it during bear and deer season.
     
  8. cottontop

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    You can get lots of data from the Hodgdon web site. The most accurate load in my 8x57 Husky is the Nosler 180 grain BT with CFE223 powder. See the Hodgdon data for charges. I believe this load moves out at around 2700fps. That load will flatten any deer or black bear you may see.
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  9. SRK97

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    I remember hearing that American made 8mm ammo is underloaded compared to European made ammo, but it probably won't make much difference.
     
  10. Crazycastor

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    My k98 8mm Mauser is every ones favorite rifle in my house. Its the first one the wife and kids fights over to shoot first. And the only gun the kids will actually spend their own money buying bullets for.
     
  11. Gizord1

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    It's a wonderful cartridge.

    The only problem is no one makes ballistic tips for it! So if you use it for hunting, get soft points.
    With the power it packs, I wonder if it can knock the deer off his feet. :D
     
  12. Crazycastor

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    Nosler makes balistic tips for the 8mm Mauser. They are expensive but they are hand loaded by Nosler. There are all kinds of bullet tips for 8mm Mauser. Its still a popular bullet even today. Get the right bullet and it will knock a moose down.
     
  13. nhjon1980

    nhjon1980 New Member

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    Whats the heaviest factory round made for the 8mm? Im a fan of heavy bullets.
     
  14. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    The 7.92x57 is one of the greatest rounds in history, 220 grains is about as big as you can get...................
     
  15. jpattersonnh

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    Moose are not as tough as people think. If we are talking elk, that is a different story. The 8x57 w/ a 196..200gr bullet has massive stopping power. Barnes makes a 180gr that is superb for elk and larger bear.
     
  16. Don357

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    I use Sellier and Bellot 196gr SPCE in my Yugo M48 rated at 2600+fps with excellent accuracy results. Haven't tried it on a deer yet, can't seem to leave my .308 at home.LOL:eek:
     
  17. jpattersonnh

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    Not a bad thing! I often grab the rifle I feel most comfortable with for the area I'm hunting. I use 8x57, but it is a bit much at times. I often grab 6.5x55 w/ a 4x32 scope, or 9.3x57 w/ irons.
     
  18. angryhart

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    First deer I ever took was with a Czech 98/22 8mm rifle. Iron sights were written in Farsi. 150 yds with a 6 o'clock hold and factory Remington ammo.
     
  19. yazul42

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    I think the 7.92 or 8mm Mauser, whatever you wish to call it, is a very good although an under rated round in the U.S. Most American ammo is loaded at lower pressures but Norma used to load very good ammunition. I have not had one for several years but I would have no hesitation in using one for anything in N. America except for the biggest bears. A very good cartridge in my opinion and hand loading will bring out its best. Good shooting.
     
  20. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Nice rifle!!