I was just comparing the 8x57 Mauser with the 338 Federal which had gun writers slobbering in their ink a couple of years ago. When they are both loaded to the same pressure they are equal. I know there are lots of retired and just plain tired military rifles out there that should not be firing rounds loaded to modern pressure levels. There are lots of miss matched bolts and receivers that could have head space issues. There are some Turkish 98's and probably some Spanish 98s that were made with sub quality steel. However it is my belief that there are a whole lot of those old 98 mausers that are as strong and in many cases stronger than many of the new guns rolling out of factories every day.
I have a couple of those old mausers down in my basement that have been ignored for years. I think I'll drag one out and give it a good cleaning and play with some loads. I might spark a flame with those old mausers and a new wrinkle in things that go bang. There sure are a lot more powder options out there than back when I last messed with a 8x57 Mauser.
Do any of you guys up north use 8mm mausers in the field?