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8x57 mauser and 303 british

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Stevenav, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    Hi,

    I just recently got given two rifles. One a Lee Enfield m47c no4 mk1 sniper rifle, and the other an 8x57 mm mauser rifle.

    Having a devil of a time finding 8mm ammo though. Anyone able to tell me where to find brass for this, or unfired brass cased ammunition for this little fellow?

    Also, anyone able to recommend a good, non boxer primed, source for 303 brit that meets the military spec for the 303 enfield? I'd prefer to run good ammo through it.


    Already picked up dies for both and chomping at the bit to do some reloads for these fellows.

    Any recs for what the best powder ya'll have tried and liked in either of these?


    Steve
     
  2. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Privi Partisian did load 8mm until recently web search 8mm Mauser brass
    303 is getting harder to find, it was loaded by Norma and CIL (Canada)
    good luck
     
  3. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sellier and Bellot offer 303 British.
    If I was loading .303 British. I think I'd start with IMR3031. IMR4895 is a good choice, too.
     
  4. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Wolf and PRVI both have loadings of .303 brit, and frankly these are my two preferred vendors for this caliber (I think prvi makes wolf's ammo) as their brass is fantastic. IMR3031 powder was developed specifically for the MkVII loading of .303 brit with a 174gr FMJ-BT bullet. I've found this powder to work the best in this caliber, 4895 doesn't have the elasticity and tends to be a bit less friendly, I don't know why.

    8mm should be pretty common, again look for PRVI, or you can make brass from .30-06 if you're really hard up.
     
  5. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Wolf and PRVI both have loadings of .303 brit, and frankly these are my two preferred vendors for this caliber (I think prvi makes wolf's ammo) as their brass is fantastic. IMR3031 powder was developed specifically for the MkVII loading of .303 brit with a 174gr FMJ-BT bullet. I've found this powder to work the best in this caliber, 4895 doesn't have the elasticity and tends to be a bit less friendly, I don't know why.

    8mm should be pretty common, again look for PRVI, or you can make brass from .30-06 if you're really hard up.
     
  6. Horses are delicious

    Horses are delicious Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Ask your local BiMart to get you a couple boxes of 8x57 Mauser. They did so for me at my local store and have stocked it ever since. PRVI is another great option and is easy to find online. As for powder, I had good results with IMR 4895 through my Yugo 24/47. Better with H4350.
    Couldn't tell you much about the Brit.
     
  7. rblsdad

    rblsdad Gresham New Member

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    I have three boxes -1 round of Remmington 180gr soft pt Core Lokt 303 British that would take $60.00 ftf for all, let me know.

    Dave
     
  8. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    So... how many rounds is that? are they 20 rnd boxes? Because I can get 303 for a LOT less than a buck a round.
     
  9. rblsdad

    rblsdad Gresham New Member

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    then you should pass since this only 59 rounds.
     
  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If this is reloadable brass (boxer primed), it's worth it. What you buy for cheap is probably Berdan primed and isn't easily reloadable, so it's pretty much a junk case after being shot.
     
  11. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    check here Prvi 7.92x57mm (8mm Mauser) 198gr FJM Boat-Tail, 20rd box | Gooseisland

    boxer primed and brass for 16.45 a box and there is cheaper out there...saw some surplus for 99 a can of 200 that i missed out on. brass was all boxer too...ah well
     
  12. rblsdad

    rblsdad Gresham New Member

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    this is factory loaded boxer primed ready to shoot hunting rounds, not just brass.
     
  13. Stevenav

    Stevenav Redmond Active Member

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    Ohhhhh they're hunting rounds.

    Well then.... I point you here then Prvi Partizan 7.92x57mm (8mm Mauser) Soft Point 196gr 20 rounds | Gooseisland

    There. Soft nose hunting rounds... brass, factory loaded. boxer primed... $16.45

    Just trying to show you that $20.00 for a box I can get the same or similar rounds cheaper (you can find core lock rounds for about $20.00) than retail prices friend... and why would I pay retail prices for three boxes (one missing a bullet) when I can buy the same thing at retail... just sayin.