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Posted: April 22 2018 at 3:32pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I impulse bought a sporterized '93 Mauser a few months back from a local pawn shop that usually doesn't have much in the way of guns. Got it cheap and whoever did it did a respectable job. More importantly, dimensionally it fits me very well and isn't especially heavy, not a featherweight, but a good weight for a hunting rifle. Like most of my guns, it was gonna shoot cast or nothing, and it did alright from the get -go. Been casually trying to come up with a practice load and a hunting load. I'm most of the way to the hunting load, but it looks like this will be my practice load. This was on my 100 yard range from a bench, but considering I'm pretty early into my relationship with this rifle and that I'm not as good a shot as I used to be, I'll take it.




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Posted: April 22 2018 at 4:35pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

It looks like you found a dance partner with that gun and load. Outstanding! I've used Unique and Blue Dot for cast loads in rifles but never Green Dot. What would you guesstimate for velocity with that load?

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Posted: April 22 2018 at 4:40pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Interpolating between min and max loads with a similar bullet in an old Lyman manual, I'd guess it's pretty close to 1450.

I was gifted a hollow point mold of the old, discontinued Ideal 287308 which weighs about 165 grains dressed out with a gas check. That one shot adequately for deer hunting, but I need to work with it more. It will be cast of a softer and more malleable alloy and pushed to 1800 FPS or so before I use cast for hunting in this.

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Posted: April 22 2018 at 5:28pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Rich, that looks like deer in the freezer.
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Posted: April 22 2018 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I'd say you're right based on my hunting tactics. The last three bucks I killed were with a crossbow, I think this one should be a no brainer.

Bullet selection, especially cast, isn't nearly as good for 7mms as for .30 calibers. That, combined with the less bullet mass means I need to be more careful than I already am deer hunting with cast.

This is a good group, but I shot one more group with the same load only difference it was the first group so from a clean barrel and it was almost this small. Two things I recently started doing with the 7mm, I got a .287 sizer luber die rather than the .285 one I was using and I picked up a Lyman "M" die for expanding the neck. I think those two things made a lot of difference.

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Sure looks like a winner.!       Joe

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Posted: April 23 2018 at 11:44am | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

This thread is worthless without a picture of the rifle.

Nice group though. You can probably tighten it up a bit with some
tinkering. I feed three 7x57s but haven't shot cast in any of them. I do
like the cartridge though.
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