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Old June 8th, 2021, 11:56 PM #1
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8mm mauser stuff

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In a few weeks in going to be messing around on the bench to load for a m48 yugo 8mm mauser I just picked up. That being said I will be looking for FL dies, projectiles, and brass. Anyone got stuff to trade or sell?
So far it looks like I may have to prep 50 or so of my 30-06 cases amd cut and resize since I have it all minus dies.

Anyone have experience loading for this old warhorse? Just looking for plinking stuff at the moment, maybe projectiles to deer hunt with later on. Pet loads, general info, its all welcome so I can get some direction.
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Most of the "new" or "current" surplus ammo is either second rate, of dubious origin or improperly stored. Hangfires, low pressure and inconsistent performance. So most people are avoiding it. I would think a reloader could make use of virgin brass and projectiles no one wants and just pop new primers and powder to get some use out of the base components.
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I have played around a lot with the 8x57. At one time I had 28 8mm mausers.
The best load I ever used was 175 Sierra Pro Hunter with 48.0g IMR 4064.
200g Nosler CC with 24.0g IMR SR 4759 was also very accurate. Shame they discontinued that powder.




Then about 12 years ago I started shooting CMP matches. I bought a 1903-A3.
That's when I realized the best shooting 8mm Mauser I had could not compete with an average 1903 Springfield.
I sold all those Mausers.

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The Yugo ammo made in the 1950s have many duds or hand fires. This was linked for machine guns. The primers appear to be the dome type and the primers are too hard to ignite in a K98.
What I have left (and that's a lot) I pull the bullets and place the powder and bullet in a boxer primed case.
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I purchased PPU ammo from shows back when prices were reasonable. Reloaded them. Used H4895 powder 196gr bullet and POI was pretty close to the POA with existing sites.
picked up Iranian surplus and although putting in a heavier spring allowed it to fire 95% of the time, did still have a few delay fires but no more duds.
I ended up pulling all 600 remaining rounds and then reloaded the components inspecting the powder on each pull. Reloaded into PPU cases and CCI large rifle primers its pretty decent at least for banging steel.
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I have played around a lot with the 8x57. At one time I had 28 8mm mausers.
The best load I ever used was 175 Sierra Pro Hunter with 48.0g IMR 4064.
200g Nosler CC with 24.0g IMR SR 4759 was also very accurate. Shame they discontinued that powder.




Then about 12 years ago I started shooting CMP matches. I bought a 1903-A3.
That's when I realized the best shooting 8mm Mauser I had could not compete with an average 1903 Springfield.
I sold all those Mausers.
Very nice collection!
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I have played around a lot with the 8x57. At one time I had 28 8mm mausers.
The best load I ever used was 175 Sierra Pro Hunter with 48.0g IMR 4064.
200g Nosler CC with 24.0g IMR SR 4759 was also very accurate. Shame they discontinued that powder.




Then about 12 years ago I started shooting CMP matches. I bought a 1903-A3.
That's when I realized the best shooting 8mm Mauser I had could not compete with an average 1903 Springfield.
I sold all those Mausers.

Awesome collection!!!!!!!


I now only have two K98k rifles (byf 43 and bnz 41) and one '03 Springfield (built in '21).

The K98k kicks like a stubborn, pissed off mule, compared to the '03, IMNSHO.
(That's comparing Yugo '70s ammo to LC '69 M2 Ball.)
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Hey guys

In a few weeks in going to be messing around on the bench to load for a m48 yugo 8mm mauser I just picked up. That being said I will be looking for FL dies, projectiles, and brass. Anyone got stuff to trade or sell?
So far it looks like I may have to prep 50 or so of my 30-06 cases amd cut and resize since I have it all minus dies.

Anyone have experience loading for this old warhorse? Just looking for plinking stuff at the moment, maybe projectiles to deer hunt with later on. Pet loads, general info, its all welcome so I can get some direction.

PPU 196gr projectile seated to cannelure and a crimp just to close the brass over a near book max (Horny 10th) of varget or IMR 4064. Work up to this, but it's about 1.5 MOA in my Yugo M48BO. As others have stated, buying surplus ammo in today's market is a fools errand. Crappy ammo that's way over priced. Should be sold as scrap.

Edit: As others have pointed out, the best mauser in my opinion is the 03 springfield. Especially considering the near infinite type of projectiles in .308.
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Everyone fear not, a Smith corona 1903 and a sporterized 1903a3 are in the inventory. I just looks like im going to overpay for some dog shit 8mm surplus just to load for it. I just want a plinking load for now. Now to find components and tools for 8mm.
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I shoot 38.0 grains H4895 and 200 grain Speer soft point. Shoots point of aim for me and not too punishing.

Try Trail Boss powder. No recoil at all but hits 20 inches low at 100 yards.
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