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Old February 3, 2012, 10:24 AM   #51
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8 mm Mauser,,,

.32 caliber round going pretty danged fast.

If this old rifle won't drop it,,,
I don't wanna be near it!

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Old February 3, 2012, 11:28 PM   #52
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8MM Mauser

European or hand loads of 8MM Mausers.
Still among the cheapest bulk ammo that hits hard. Perhaps the most "bang for the buck" category. (no pun intended).

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Old February 4, 2012, 07:43 AM   #53
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If your shots werent long and they arent really where I hunt in SC then I would consider a M95. The 8x56 packs a punch
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Old February 5, 2012, 12:26 PM   #54
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Really, just about any of the 30-ish caliber battle rifle cartridges including .30-06, .308/7.62x51, .303 British, 7.92x57 Mauser, 7.62x54R, .30-40 Krag, 7.5x55 Swiss, 7.5x54 French, 7.7 Japanese, 7.65x53 Argentine Mauser, 8x56R Steyr-Mannlicher, and even 7.35 Carcano and 8x50R Lebel would be sufficient for any North American Game if loaded with the right bullet. Some of the smaller-bore cartridges including 6.5 Carcano, 6.5 Arisaka, 6.5 Swede, and 7mm Mauser would also be fine for most North American game although I'd be a bit hesitant to use them on grizzly due to limitations in bullet weight.
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Old February 8, 2012, 10:42 AM   #55
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I think the 8x57 will be perfect in a K98 as a hunting set-up for anything but brown and polar bears. For those I'd go with a G3 and a full magazine, and hope that I can make up for the lack of single shot stopping power with multiple hits (after all, they used to poach elephants with AK47 in full-auto mode).
I used to love being able to hit hard at 1000 yards. As I get older I find hitting a mini ram at 200 yards with the 22 oddly more satisfying.
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Old February 9, 2012, 09:03 PM   #56
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Just my $0.02:
I'd pick the .30-06(Garand/1903) for one simple reason, if used correctly (i.e. accurate rifle & shooter) the .30-06 can be used to take just about anything. I wouldn't feel too badly under-gunned facing a brown bear with a .30-06, but then again I don't hunt brown bear.

I think Hemingway took one to Africa. Can anyone confirm that?
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Old February 9, 2012, 09:39 PM   #57
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The k31 is a 1,000 yard rifle. Scoped, with load data already developed for the 168, 185, 190 and 200gr projectiles, its not easy for any North American game to walk away from. The scoped k31 is a true moa rifle. Reloading cost is no more than that of a .308.


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Old February 9, 2012, 10:25 PM   #58
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I regularly hunt with my 7.7x58mm Arisaka my grandfather gave me, so ya I'll use that one thanks.
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Old February 12, 2012, 09:00 AM   #59
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7.62x54R I bought mine for $84.00 + tax. Yep, it was ugly when I got it. But when I saw how good it shot the ugliness started to fall away. It packs a punch. With 150gr. SBT from Privi Partisan I was grouping under 2" @ 50 yds. with open sights and cataract laden eyes. The cataracts are now history, the stock refinished and I'm waiting on the new scout scope for it. This baby is going deer hunting next year. The 7MM Mag. & the .270 Win are going to sit next season out.
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Old February 14, 2012, 09:04 AM   #60
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if I had to pick one milsurp, non .308/.30-06, rifle for hunting, my first choice would be the Jungle Carbine. The .303 may be less powerful than either the 8mm or 7.62x54, but it is also much lighter and handier in the carbine. I don't hunt from a stand so weight is a consideration. Also, I have never hunted anything that could hunt me, so the .303 would fit my needs. Now, if I was to go after the big bears, I'd take a Barret .50 and a change of underwear!
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Old February 16, 2012, 01:11 AM   #61
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98 mauser

mauser all the way, 8mm hot rod (european or handloads), my sporter M24/47 shoots 1-1/4" @ 100 with 200grn Speer Hot Cores. It can handle moose and grizzley too! (200grn partitions).
"Webley" said it; they're all pretty good, and I would not feel undergunned for the rest of North America's big game.
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Old February 16, 2012, 06:42 AM   #62
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I have 2 8mm Mausers. An old rough Turk in a fiberglass stock, and a Yugo M48. Either will do the job, and do it well. Also own a 1910 Swede in 6.5 . I would and do depend on any of the 3 in the hills and woods.
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