View Full Version : 8mm Mauser cast bullet loads?

David Wrobleski
10-06-2012, 8:43 AM
Hello. I have a few questions: I am brand new to this forum and need some load data for shooting 175gr (.323) round nose cast bullets using IMR 4064 powder and Unique in my 1945 model Turkish Mauser and in my M48 Yugo Mauser. I live WAY out in the middle of nowhere and just want safe loads to have fun with target shooing at the old quarry. Iíve heard varying opinions about using fillers. Some say NEVER use them, and some say Cream of Wheat works fine. I donít have easy access to powder and have to spend 4 hours drive time to buy it, so 4064 and Unique is what I have to work with. Any suggestions as to loads? Iíve seen data for the 175gr Speer spitzers. Would these loads be safe for my cast bullets?
Thanks. Any help would be appreciated.

10-06-2012, 9:32 AM
Hi David! Welcome to the forum!

IMR 4064 is a great powder for normal, full power loads with jacketed bullets in the 8X57.

I've had great success using Unique in reduced loads with cast bullets, and pistol caliber bullets, in the 308 Winchester which is in the 8X57 class. If you can get a copy of the Lyman Reloading manual, there will be great recipes inside for cast bullets.

Stay safe, read up on reloading precautions, and enjoy!

10-06-2012, 9:32 AM

10-06-2012, 10:20 AM
Welcome aboard!

10-06-2012, 10:35 AM
7 to 8gr. of Unique is kind of a starting standard for .30 cal. rifle loads with cast bullets...fast enough to have fun and train newby's with, slow enough not to cause your barrel to become a lead pipe.



10-06-2012, 11:59 AM

10-06-2012, 6:44 PM

10-08-2012, 7:22 AM
Welcome to CalGuns.

Also try the reload sub-forum for you question.

10-08-2012, 7:36 AM
slow enough not to cause your barrel to become a lead pipe.

I don't reload but I have heard that is the problem with rifle velocity cast bullets.

There is still some 40's turk ammo out there.

10-09-2012, 8:15 AM
Welcome aboard! Like Frank said, try reading/asking in the reloading subforum.

10-09-2012, 5:13 PM