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Old 12-15-2007, 03:37 PM   #1
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picked up a spanish mauser

I just wanted to say I picked up the spanish mauser I previously mentioned. I haven't got to shoot it yet because I haven't had time, or ammo. hahaha. I think its supposed to be crappy out, so I'm not real keen on making any range trips. haha. But anyway, I'll try to get some pics uploaded soon. they'll probably be camera phone pics as someone so nicely decided to hide my cable for my digi-cam. Someone chopped the stock for some reason, but I figure it'll make a decent beater hunting rifle. the stock is blonde, and the finish on the barrel seems excellent. The barrel had corrosion in it, but clean up nice. The bolt action is a little rough, but its nothing terrible. The reciever is marked as follows: Fabrica de armas oviedo 1930 Not a bad rifle, visually. I hope it shoots well!
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:28 PM   #2
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Dex- got busy and wasn't able to post. If the action is cock on opening, it's a '98 variant and you have no pressure worries. The earlier 93/96 designs were cock on close and lack the safety lug on the bolt. Those should be held to 45K CUP loads.

Enjoy, love my little carbine.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:08 AM   #3
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it cocks on closing. I'll just feed it lite stuff. S&B ammo ok for it?
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:41 PM   #4
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Dunno, never used the stuff. I expect 139-140 gr at around 2600-2700 should be safe enough, but I just don't know. The stuff Remchester used to put together would fall in that catagory.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:16 PM   #5
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hmmm. Maybe I should e-mail them or something? Or maybe ask some knowledgeable soul at cabelas? I bought a box of Rem corelokt 140gr ammo over the weekend but $28 a box (after tax) is real steep. Probably won't shoot it too much beyond seeing where it shoots, and then maybe feilding it a bit for animals. Thanks
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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Cap'n Dex,

The factory ammo produced by the major manufacturers such as Winchester, Remington and Federal are loaded to pressure levels suitable for older Mausers and they should work just fine in your rifle. I own two rifles chambered for the 7X57, a 95 Mauser and a Ruger M77. All of the factory ammo I have fired in both of them has worked well. The only drawback to factory ammo is the cost. Since the 7X57 is not as popular as cartridges such as the 30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag. or the 270 Winchester you will pay more for it.

Do you handload? If not, then you might want to consider it. Handloading will help you save money, shoot more and get the most out of your rifle. Handloading will also allow you the flexibilty to load lower powered rounds suitable for older Mausers as well as higher powered rounds for modern rifles such as the M77 Ruger. This will be useful if you should decide to buy a modern rifle, after you fall in love with this classic old cartridge.

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Old 12-23-2007, 01:57 PM   #7
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I do reload, and I do plan to reload for this one. It seems like the cheapest way to go, if there is such a thing anymore. It doesn't kick at all, and seems like it is a wicked little round. I've only fired it a few times informally in the woods. I would like to make a trip to the range when I have some less expensive ammo, and the time to use it.

Would it be about right to say the 7mm Mauser will handle anything from deer/wild hogs (not super-hogs, mind you ) on down? Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:43 PM   #8
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The 7X57 is more than adequate for deer or hogs. As a matter of fact, with heavier bullets (150 to 175 grain) it is suitable for game as large as elk.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:13 PM   #9
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how would those 175gr bullets go over in a small ring mauser, though?
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:24 PM   #10
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The original load for military rifles was a 172 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 2400 fps. For many years the only commercial load available was a 175 grain bullet that pretty much duplicated the military round. These have always worked very well in the small ring Mausers. If you hand load for your Mauser I would not load a 175 grain bullet to a muzzle velocity exceeding 2400 fps.
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