I have one in .308 and have shot it for years with handloads. I use loads that are actually less pressure than the original 7X57. I am in the process of setting it up for cast lead shoots, now. It's a great little rifle, if you respect its limits. For this rifle, handloads are the way to go.
LongRifle. Can you give some details on your mishap with this rifle?
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