8x57 for longrange

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jose wales, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. jose wales

    jose wales Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Need some help or advice on using an 8x57 for longrange hunting. Does anyone use one???? My rifle has a 24 inch barrel, do I need to get a longer barrel???? The BC and SD are on par with some so called cartriges but not sure of how it will work for longrange deer hunting. I've found only 160gr. bullets for reloadind and 170 factory loads. Help??
  2. lonegunman762x51

    lonegunman762x51 Active Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Seirra makes four different bullets including a matchking and gameking.

    While a Mauser action is strong and tough, the quality of older military actions and mismatched bolts is questionable.

    What gun are you shooting? What type of barrel? a heavy varmit/tactical barrel and a light hunting contour are not the same thing at 700 yds, even if they are the same length.

    This topic may be covered in another area, try a search.

    8mm does not have a huge following, but there are guys shooting it.

  3. sean1

    sean1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2011
    I've got one but don't use it for long-range, more short range woods rifle. I get acceptable accuracy from mine being about 1.5" @ 100 yards. As mentioned they are tough rifles but not very precise. I would first check your close range accuracy to see if it's a canidate for long range.

    Nosler does make 200gr ballistic tip and I believe an accubond. I use them and they work fine. I will probably rebarell mine in the future to a more versatile round like the old 30-06 for an all around hunting rifle