I had a nice old Husqvarna made 8X57 on an FN Mauser action. I found a hummer of a load (as much as an iron sighted relic like this can hummm) with a Norma 196 grain Alaska bullet. I guess Norma calls the bullet Alaska because it's just for here, huh? Anyway the is bullet is a tapered round nose and has a good portion of the nose as exposed lead. It is made of soft lead with a tapered gilding metal jacket. It is designed to expand at low to moderate velocity. It is designed for the 8X57 Mauser. I obtained just short of 2400 fps from this bullet out of the 23.6 inch barrel of the Mauser with a load of 45 grains of RL-15 in Winchester brass and Federal 210M primers.
It was fun to shoot and all worked well in the old rifle. It worked so well I gave it away, the rifle and the box of ammo. My hope is that it will put moose on the table this fall. It sure put a smile on a kids face to get it.
What do you think of this rifle/bullet combination for moose? I've hunted a little with the 8X57 and it seems to be the equal of the ought six when hunting in close and this should be an in close, stalking rifle. Good for moose in the Tanana flats, don't ya think?