Mauser 1895 7x57 H414 Load?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CavalierLeif, Dec 19, 2017.

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  1. CavalierLeif

    CavalierLeif Member

    Apr 25, 2017
    Hi all,

    I picked up a Chilean 1895 Mauser 7mm rifle at the gun show the other week. Beautiful rifle! I was just looking around, not necessarily planning on buying anything and . . . you know how it is. It feels like a solid relic in the hands.

    7x57 is difficult to find, so I bought it with the anticipation of reloading for it. I generally use the Hornady handbook for my recipes, but it says not to use the listed loads with the older Mausers . . . I've read both support for and refute against this warning.

    I'm looking for a solid load for whitetail hunting, using H414 under a Hornady 162gr ELD-X . . . I'm thinking of starting around 38gr and working up.

    Thoughts and/or recipes are appreciated.
  2. Scooter22

    Scooter22 Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    Central NY, not the rotten apple
    I don't know about the load. But most manuals have loads for the old Mausers 91,93,95 and loads for stronger ones like M98 and modem guns. Stick to the proper loads and don't try and get hot. Those are old steel and the metallurgy was more of a art than science. Plus you don't know how many rounds have been through it over it's life. so metal fatigue can be a problem. Last thats a 2 lug bolt with the root of the bolt handle acting as a safety and the gas handling isn't great if you have a ruptured case. The milder loads are plenty for deer at reasonable distances. Good luck
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