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Old February 21, 2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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M88 8x57I (.318) reloading

I want to try a Gew 88, unmodified at .318. Now of course I can spend $150+ for the fitting RCBS custom dies, but I keep finding hints on people modifying a standard .323 set to seat the .318 bullets. Any help on how to do that?
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Old February 21, 2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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I would slug your bore first. I have a gew 88 that slugs .323
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Old February 21, 2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Usually they got marked with an S if they got modified, this one is unmarked. But I will check nevertheless.
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Old February 21, 2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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That rifle of yours was made before WW1 and as such the metal in it is not of high quality.

I would be very cautious about shooting any oversized bullets in the thing and whatever you load, keep the pressures low.
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Old February 21, 2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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I've got a Gew 88, it is marked with the 'S'.
I never got around to loading for it (too many more appealing loadings to work with). I figured that nice soft lead loading would be best for it. I would council you think strongly of lead loads.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/atta...1&d=1361475449

Mine is marked with the date of 1890 and armory dated 1914 and Turkish marking to boot. As good a Mauser's steel may have been, I'm chicken. Black powder weapon that is over a hundred years old, light/nice lead loadings and then with slower (more push than pop) powder.

Load with care,

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Old February 21, 2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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Actually, the 88 was never a black powder gun, being developed specifically for the newfangled smokeless powder the French came up with. So I agree on the problems with the 88 - the metal being the least of it, which is why I want to reload low pressure rounds if I can solve the die issue.
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Old February 21, 2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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mapsjanhere,

I will defer to your wisdom. A counter to the Lebel, makes sense.

Enjoy,

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