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Posted: January 08 2018 at 2:41pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

richhodg66 wrote:
This Mauser is a '93 and it cocks on closing.
Fine with me, just takes a little getting used to. So does that two stage
trigger, but I getting it. Shot some of those long, heavy 287308s I
mentioned today and it shoots them better than the RCBS bullet. The
recommended most accurate load for a similar weight bullet in the
current Lyman manual 20 grains of 5744 and that shot great. Should
be moving a tad over 1600 FPS which for a bullet this long and
especially since it's hollow pointed, I wouldn't hesitate to deer hunt
with under the conditions I normally do.

Guess I won't be passing any of my load data for you to try. All my
current 7x57s are on modern actions and the loads are a tad warmish.
My first 7x57 was on an M93 action, a custom made by some small
British gun shop that looked like a Rigby clone. Sold it off in a fit of
anger when it failed to kill a deer I shot. I blamed the gun and cartridge
when it was my own damn fault. Found the deer the next day, well at
least what the crows and coyote had left. I've only lost two deer in over
60 years hunting and both times I was using a 7x57. ???
First one was shot at about 75 yards of so, not sure anymore as it was
back in 1973. Only ammo I could find was Federal 175 gr. round nose.
Hell, that was the bullet the cartridge made it's reputation on right?
Should have worked. Well, it didn't I still think the bullet penciled on
through without expanding. I still had some of that ammo when I
bought my Ruger #1A in 7x57 and ran it through the chronograph. Big
shock, all of 2200 FPS, not the advertised 2400+. Pulled a bullet and
sectioned it and the jacket was IMHO too thick. Might as well have
been using a solid.
Second deer was with a 140 gr. Ballistic Tip at 2800 FPS. Shot a deer
at roughly 100 yards and it went down into a gully. I had to climb a
ridge to look into the gully. Lots of loose rock and my right foot went
one way and the rest of me went the other way. Bye bye right knee. My
son in law and his son took me off the hill and to the hospital. They
refused to look for the deer. Not my fault, just bad luck. Makes me
think sometimes the cartridge is a jinx.
I was gonna use it for my elk hunt but ran out of time to make up a
batch of ammo so went with an 06 and .35 Whelen.
We'll see about next next year if I'm still above ground.
Paul B.
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Posted: January 08 2018 at 4:20pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I don't plan to shoot anything but cast loads through this one, so action strength isn't a concern for me. Based on yesterday's range session with it using a hollow pointed cast bullet that weighs 167 grains, I doubt I'll have a problem. Accuracy is there, I want to tweak the load a bit, but I'm confident it'll do what I need it to do.

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Posted: January 09 2018 at 12:41pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

My brother hunts with a '43 Mosin. It's been modified and beat up plenty, but the heart is still pure. Personally, I've got my eye on a Vz. 24 at my LGS. It was put in on consignment, and on inspection, I found that the action was drenched, nay, packed with cosmoline. The wood is terrible - likely manufactured that way, but the rest of it is sound as can be had.

List of guns/ calibers I own.
Pithy quote.
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