WWII Mauser 98 for hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Redarrow18, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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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
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     

  3. Redarrow18

    Redarrow18 New Member

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

    Tuner New Member

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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.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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

    Fisherking New Member

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

    divinginn New Member

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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.
     
  8. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.

    Jeff