Are there any other fans of the great 8mm Mauser out there? I took the plunge about 5 years ago and I'm glad I did. Yes, I'd seen those anemic numbers all the American ammo manufacturers listed as the ballistics for their 8X57 loads, but when I took notice of some other, foreign manufaturers' numbers, I decided to see what I could find rifle-wise. Well, turns out that Remington had the 8X57 as their round of choice for their LE M700 Classic in 2004 and it wasn't a big seller.
When I saw an ad for a NIB M700CL in 8X57 for the price of $390./delivered, I jumped. I just wish now I'd jumped higher and purchased 3 or 4 of them. I could have shot them all, kept the best shooter and had those other 2 or 3 rebarreled in any chambering that caught my fancy; .338/06, .35 Whelen, 6.5/.284.... Well, you get the picture.
Smart, I wasn't, but I still had one very nice M700CL to play with. Shortly after that I also found a very nicely done M98 which had been sporterized, but left in it's original 8X57. After ensuring it was indeed the .323" version, I bought it as well and now had two new toys to play with. I've settled on the same load now in both, a Sellier & Bellot load with a 196gr SPCE bullet at 2592 FPS giving that load nearly 3,000 FPE. Go ahead and compare that load to your favorite '06 load. And the old 8mm has that added frontal area as well.
What's not to like? Anyone else here a big 8X57 fan??