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Old 05-27-2008, 04:51 AM
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I would like to hear from any 7mm Mauser shooters out there. Personal thoughts and opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:50 AM
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I have one a sporterized military action. It is a great round it is what we copied to make the 30-06 (only we had to make it bigger and longer). This round has a nice soft recoil and proves to be quite accurate for a hunting round. This round gave birth to the .257 Roberts and the 6mm Remington. Some say great kids/girls gun I disagree if it is good for kids and girls it is good for me too. Mine has a 118.5" barrel and is going to be my new deer rifle one I finish getting it glass bedded.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:03 AM
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I owned one for a time, and it a moment of less than lucid thought, swapped it for something else.

Since then, I have largely transitioned to the 7mm-08, which, for all practical intents and purposes is pretty much the same. If the US military had decided not to develope the .30-06, and simply adopted the 7X57, I'm not sure anyone would have ever really noticed for most NA hunting. The reason for that is the confidence the Nordics have in the 6.5X55 for most of their larger game needs.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:12 AM
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The 7x57 is one of the classic cartridges, parent of quite a few more 'modern' cartridges. The old 7 has proven itself an effective cartridge all over the world. The late gunwriter Finn Aagaard, who'd seen more game killed in Africa and the US than any of us ever will, thought highly of the 7x57- and that's a recommendation not easily dismissed.
The 7x57 does tend to be a handloaders cartridge, as factory ammo in the US is loaded to mild pressure levels in deference to many of the pre 98 Mausers out there. In a modern rifle, handloaded, I think you'll find the 7x57 all the cartridge you need for most game smaller than grizzly bears.
I've used a 7x57 on deer for years, and love it.
When a friend of mine, who was not an experienced rifle shooter, wanted a deer rifle, I took him to a local gun show, and we looked at rifles until we found a Parker Hale 98 Mauser in 7x57. He bought that rifle on my recommendation, and has since killed 20 or more deer with it-all with 1 shot per deer.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:53 AM
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i'd love to come across a nice sporter in 7mm mauser. that parker hale would be a sweet rig. now that i think about it it's been a long time since i've even seen a 93 or 95 7x57 at a gun show.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:28 AM
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Black Tail - isn't that 118.5" barrel a little difficult to manage in the brush?

Last 7mm I had was the Brazilian Model 1908. Was a great hunting cartridge. Had it rechambered for 7mm AI and was even better. Used it for deer and elk with equal success. Barrel got dark, so had it rebarreled and chambered into 6.5-06. A great hunting/target cartridge, also.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:37 PM
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Black Tail - isn't that 118.5" barrel a little difficult to manage in the brush?
Nope but it is a little barrel heavy,I may cut the last 100" off but I do not want to loose the velocity or the sight radius.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:50 PM
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I have a Ruger #1A in 7x57. I really like the round. I can get an honest 2800fps with a Nosler 140 Accubond. And it is pretty darn accurate. Recoil in not bad. I loaned it to a friend last season, I thought I wouldn't get it back. He shot two deer and a mess of feral dogs, just kept asking for more ammo.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:06 PM
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I believe that it, and it's newer off-shoot the7-08, is the best deer rifle avaliable. FWIW a friend shot a 6x6 bull elk with one, at 175yds, using Partitions. It broke both shoulders and was found under the hide on the off side. The only, minor, drawbacks are it takes a little than longer 'short' action and it is a handloaders cartridge. That is more than offset by the history of the cartridge. capt david
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:17 PM
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The 7x57 is a very capable round and suited to more than just deer. With right bullets it is well up to elk, black bear and maybe even moose. It is a best considered to be a medium range round for big game but even a 7mm rem magnum does not shade it that bad in field. I had a 8x57 several years ago which was another fine round and every bit as capable as a 06 but it was never loaded to its potential commercially. I would not be against getting another 8x57 if the right gun came along at the right price.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:25 PM
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T.A.P. The 7 X 57 is an excellent cartridge. What everyone has posted so far covers the subject. It's great for whitetails, ample power without much recoil. 139 Hornady or 140 Noslers, IMR 4350 powder and you're set. Enjoy it
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:49 PM
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I have two 7mm Mauser rifles at present: An Oberndorf Chilean 98 carbine, and a Ruger 77 tang model. Both are excellent shooters. I've had a couple of other 7mm's in the past, including an FN-ABL that was a tack driver, and a neat 95 Mauser that someone before me had bubba/carbinized into a rather neat brush gun. Now I regret that I traded those away. I love the cartridge, and all the guns I've owned and several I've had a chance to use belonging to others have been very satisfactory for what they are: medium in the matter of size and recoil, with performance rising to excellence. I'm always surprised to note that there are few rifles of this caliber being offered, currently. I guess it's the 'magnum craze' that keeps most shooters away.
It's good for those of us who reload this cartridge that the 7mm Magnum and 7-08 are so popular, as it assures us of a continuing supply of quality bullets for the forseeable future.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:22 PM
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I bought a 7-08 handi rifle for my wife, it is the softest center fire recoiling rifle I have shot. I have seen quite a few deer and a few elk taken by my sister and her daughters, by their shared Browning A bolt in 7-08, (now one of her daughters shoots a 7WSM), this makes a great 300 yard deer gun for men, women, and children!
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:12 AM
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I use to own a Winchester "Featherweight" (Post '64) Model 70 in 7 mm Mauser. Very accurate rifle and cartridge. It has very mild recoil and it's as good as a .270 Winchester. Reloads are even better than the factory loads, and I made my longest kill on a Kentucky Deer back in 1996 @ 378 yards. One Shot!
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:37 PM
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The late Jack O'Conner and his family were great fans of the "Spanish Hornet". They hunted more in their time than most of us today could dream of and put rifles and cartridges to great test. I consider it an excellent round, especially for the recoil sensitive.
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