My sister in law decided she wanted to take up hunting and was given a 8x57 sporterized mauser. The factory loads available are pretty anemic. I can't imagine that they would perform all that well on game bigger than caribou. I got a set of dies to load her up some more potent ammo. So far I have loaded up some Speer 200gr SP with Tac powder. Haven't run one over the chrony yet but should be about 2450fps. They shoot pretty good out of my sister in laws rifle. I figure these should be pretty tough bullets since they were designed for the 8mm rem mag and should hold together and penetrate well at these speeds. Anyone with experience with this bullet in the 8x57?
Since I had the dies I had to find myself an 8mm too. Picked one up on auction arms for a pretty good price. Going to go with peep sites on it and most likely leave it behind the seat of my truck with a couple of stripper clips.
Other bullets of interest include...
196 & 220gr Woodliegh
200gr Nosler Partition
Any others out there that I'm missing. I would love to hear of any experience with loading the 8x57 or performance on game.