Hello, I am new here and was wondering if anyone has had any experiance with this round. I am going to have an 98 action re-barreled in 8x57. I really like this round. I have been using a couple of differant mausers for some informal target shooting at a friends farm. He has a nice set up. Inclosed shooting shack, and target frames that go out to 300yds. We have gone to the back of the property to be able to shoot out to 960yds. For this we have a 22"sq. armored steel plate. We are using military issued bolt guns in 8x57. I am able to hit the plate about every time, 4 out of 5 every time. And this is with surplus ammo and with iron sights. Pretty cool watching the vapor trail going out there. Looking for some opinions on Douglas barrels. It has got to shoot better than the military barrels. I worked up some loads for a friend in his scoped 98 with a mil. barrel with 200gr SMK that are going 2635fps and he has shot a bunch of groups at the 960 mark that were in the 11-12" range. Anyway, do you guys think this would make a good 500yd gun or not? Thanks.