Originally Posted by pmh-usa
Love the thread - hope it lasts and stays 'alive' - I've been 8mm curious for years and have always thought the plain-jane 8x57 was under appreciated. I've got a couple projects in various stages right now:
1) an 8x57 woods rifle which will have a red-dot reflex sight on it (similar to a scout rifle) and will shoot 170-180 gr bullets
2) an 8mm-06 improved for 190-200 gr bullets for longer range (as an aside, this will be done in parallel with a 338-06 improved so load development and performance comparison will interesting)
Downside was having to look long and hard to find 8mm sporter barrels
Hi! Jepp, you're right about the thread, and there will be hopefully some more people sharing their experiences with us about the fantastic 8mms. All the guys with 8mm standard guns like the 8x57IS (8mm Mauser), or lovely magnums like 8mmRM and 8x68S etc. are friendly invited!
The 8x57IS is widely used in Europe and mostly with 180 - 200gr bullets. Use German load data, because the US loads are often of extremely poor performance. That means differences in velocity up to 300ft/s and that's far too much. 8mm (.323) sporter barrels should be relatively easy to find, because we often use Lilja and Krieger!!
If you can't get one of those purchase Lothar Walther, that's what many others and me on the old continent prefer.