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Old 01-08-2018, 02:30 PM
DaveHH DaveHH is offline
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There were originally two types of 8X57. The early WW1 for the Commission rifles was a .318 bullet. The 98K used the S or spitzer bullet which is .823 diameter. I believe that they just shot what they had and let the bigger bullet be swagged down by firing.
The steel cased ammunition was a emergency response to a problem. I would be very reluctant to shoot 75 year old emergency ammo. While the lacquered outside may be fine the inside may be corroded badly. Also the propellant could be anything. The wartime 196gr round was VERY powerful, repeat VERY. Hatcher's Notebook has the German codes that will explain what cased ammunition is. I would get that info first.
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