Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by headoftheholler, Jun 11, 2014.
What a beautiful rifle. Good job on the restoration.
The only thing I see wrong with such a rifle is that one would have to own and wear lederhosen, a green jacket with deer antler buttons and a green felt hat with a deer tail brush in the band to fire it.
Really nice looking rifle.
That is one gorgeous rifle.
I would be afraid to take it hunting for fear of dinging it up.
Gorgeous rifle, I'd take it hunting in a heartbeat. How does it shoot?
8mm is fast becoming a favorite caliber for me.
That rifle is perfect.
Thank you all for the kind words, the bore is like a mirror, only bore sighted at the moment but last time I shot it 2 weeks ago it laid out 4 shots all touching. Hard to nail down exact age as all military stampings were scrubbed/polished/and engraved over years ago, I can only surmise it was completed in 1945 and sold or bartered to a US GI per the writing in the barrel channel. The orig. grip cap and buttplate were both buffalo horn, both were cracked in half and had worm damage. I fit both the steel grip cap and mauser buttplate myself prior to finishing. I intend fully on hunting with it this year, the 8mm is highly ignored here in the US, but loaded correctly bullet grain for bullet grain it can put the -06 to shame. I've seen close to 50 or so of these guild rifles , they all share a lot of common shapes, parts and traits but this one had a few extras that caught my eye , like the cartridge trap.
That is a wonderful restoration, and an obvious source of pride, and the pictures are great.
The 8x57 is often overlooked, but the influx of Mauser rifles have helped increase it's popularity. It's certainly a potent round for deer size game.
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