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    Boolit Master Walks's Avatar
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    That's how I started reloading my '93 MAUSER Carbine. I brought home 60+ ISRAELI 8mm cases as a souvenir from a trip to ISRAEL IN 1968.
    I found a 1893 7X57 carbine in 1975, in a barrel of 1888 "Commision" Mausers. $40.00 at BIG5 Sporting Goods. Bore was BRIGHT & SHINY, metal & wood 90%. LUCKY find. I bought the one box of ammo they had. I bought HORNADY bullets & dies at BOWERS WHLSE. No brass on hand. Then I remembered the box of 8mm brass. I lubed bodies & inside the case neck and passed them through the 7mm sizer. Trimmed the few that needed it and loaded a starting load with H4895 & SIERRA 150gr HPBT MK Rejects, that I bought at the old Sierra Bullet factory in SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA. A dollar a pound. Great plinking loads, you bought what ever rejects they had on hand.

    Brass worked great, no neck thickness problems. I brought the brass home with the hope I would be able to use it someday. I went to the Rifle Range with my Cousins when in ISRAEL. Had a chance to shot the DWM K98KAR my Cousins Father had used in the WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE. I was surprised to learn ISRAELI AMMO was boxer primed.

    I must have reloaded them a dozen or more times, never lost a case, never had a primer pocket expand, trimmed twice, I think.

    So go ahead and neck it down. I can't speak to Prvi Partisan rifle brass. I did have a problem with some 9mm years back when it first came into our country. TIGHT primer pockets. Haven't tried any since.

    I turned it into a SCOUT RIFLE a few years later by removing the sights & dropping it into a E.C. BISHOP stock. Had a GOOD GUNSMITH cobble up a SCOUT SCOPE base for it & stuck on a BURRIS SCOUT SCOPE. BOY HOWDY did it shoot. I'd loaded some light lead load with the LYMAN#287405 over UNIQUE for 50yd shooting with the iron sights. I got 2" 5 shot groups from the bench with that load & 3 shot 1 1/2" groups with JACKETED loads.
    Now with the scope at 100yds I was getting 5 shot Cast groups of 1 1/2" & 3 shot JACKETED groups under an inch. With that 2 3/4X scope I was tumbling jackrabbits at 100ydsyds+.
    That is a gun I WILL NEVER SELL. A blast to shoot lead all day long, 14.5grs over that #287405 sized .285, cast of straight Lino & lubed with WLL BAC. Rifle has a true groove diameter of .284, a real surprise to me. A VERY LUCK FIND.
    Last edited by Walks; 06-22-2018 at 05:01 PM. Reason: spelling
    Happiness is a Warm GUN & more ammo to shoot in it.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check