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    Fun with the 8mm

    I finally got to try my 8x57 with boolits. No rhyme or reason I selected these loads and boolits. The target tells today's story. The NOE had a bad day. Further research on a nicer day is in order! That Red Dot load is a pussycat.

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    Trying to figure out why the NOE 326471fn shot so poorly? Have fun! I hope to shoot this weekend?

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    I don't know; they sure are pretty. My twist is 9.5"- shouldn't be a problem there. I'll try the Red Dot with it. Thank you again for the help. If the Accurate 33-205 holds accurate to 100, ''twas a short hunting load search!

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    I'm interested in that accurate mold. I just got an 8 by 57 rimmed with a I think 318 bore. I haven't slugged it yet. I'd really like to get about a 200 grain hunting load for it. Nice thing about accurate he will make them whatever size you want.

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    I have a new to me VZ24 that slugs at .328 grooves and .312 on the lands. Just poured up some of the Lee C329-205s and will see how they shoot. Anyone else seen large bores in 8mm?
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    Might have to get one of those Lee molds myself. I just got an old (1937) Mauser sporter last weekend. I just liked the way it was done so got it. Never owned an 8x57 until now. Bore looked really good, hoping it will make a decent cast shooter.

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    I've owned a few 8x57s and in my twenties I had a Shaw barreled BRNO K98 that I used exclusively. From prairie dogs to elk it worked perfectly. Now I'm learning cast in it and I'm confident it won't disappoint. It is one of the greatest cartridges ever!

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    What was the velocity of the Lee / Red Dot load ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedneckRob View Post
    What was the velocity of the Lee / Red Dot load ?
    I did not chronograph any of the loads as it was light drizzle/ rain that day. However an estimate from my Lyman cast bullet handbook puts it in the 1300-1400 fps range.
    I may shoot the rest of that load this afternoon, they are a hoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohica793 View Post
    I have a new to me VZ24 that slugs at .328 grooves and .312 on the lands. Just poured up some of the Lee C329-205s and will see how they shoot. Anyone else seen large bores in 8mm?
    I picked up a VZ24 a couple of years ago. Off hand I can't recall what it slugged at, but I'm sizing the same Lee at .327
    The Yugo 24/47 gets sized differently.

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    The Accurate bullet you have is the same as mine. I've used it in 3 or 4 different 8mm cartridges, both .323 and .318, sized accordingly, and it has never failed to give me more than adequate groups, some downright impressive. I really like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    The Accurate bullet you have is the same as mine. I've used it in 3 or 4 different 8mm cartridges, both .323 and .318, sized accordingly, and it has never failed to give me more than adequate groups, some downright impressive. I really like it!
    Have you taken any game with it? The meplat is impressive.

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    I did take a nice doe in November 2016 with the Accurate 33-205T, at about 30 yards. I was using my Yugo M48 and a 'scout scope setup. Need to try again this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hc18flyer View Post
    I did take a nice doe in November 2016 with the Accurate 33-205T, at about 30 yards. I was using my Yugo M48 and a 'scout scope setup. Need to try again this season.
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    I can see that working, what was your load? And what is your recommendation for the NOE326471 for target shooting?

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    I've got a couple german mausers and all I've ever shot through them is surplus ammo. The 196 gr. loads along with the steel butt plate thumps you pretty good so I never shot them much. Setting up to cast and load for a new caliber is expensive. Your results show it can be worth it.

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    No sir Texas, I have not taken any game with it, yet. Given my experience with similar design bullets in other calibers I can't imagine it would not be effective.

    That Accurate bullet is "the load" in my 1908 Mannlicher/Schoenauer in 8 X 56, Strover '98 Mauser sporter in 8 X 57, my most recent 8 X 58R Swede roller and.....son-of-a-gun...can't remember the other rifle. At any rate, I do like that bullet!!!!
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    sharps4590- I want a 'roller next! But I have everything I need assembled for a M96 in 8 x 57, my winter spare time dissolved! Oh well, steel and walnut can't go bad! I like that Accurate 33-205T in my Yugo M48. hc18flyer

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    My Husky '96 is in 9.3 X 57 and that was a fun cartridge and, good rifle, to work with. I'd love the opportunity to try the 9.3, 262 gr. Accurate bullet on game.

    The old Swede roller was a lot of fun to work with. I will forever think they are one of the ugliest rifles ever made...lol! But, I do like the old thing!!! I finally found a safe, accurate enough, SR-4759 load that would shoot to the sights if the folding blade was flipped up. Unique was more accurate in my rifle. Never did find a load that would shoot to the standing sight.....yet.

    That '96 should make for a nice 8 X 57. Are you going to convert it to cock on opening? I'd kinda like to do that to my '96.
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    Ya may want to try 21.5 gr. of 4759 with that Lee Boolit.
    I was using the GB boolit.
    Start lower and work up of course.

    Above that looked like a buckshot load for me
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    8mm does have a bit of a kick to it...lol...Don't ask me about this but it was a '98 "sporter" that has some stock fit issues for me..wheeee

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