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Question by dantheman34. Uploaded on September 22, 2010
If this is a 'new to you' gun, seek out a gunsmith and have him give this gun a good once-over. Note: dude at the gun counter at wallyworld does not qualify. Guy at the big box sporting goods store counter does not qualify. Find a for-real gunsmith, he'll determine the functionality and safety of the gun, and can advise you of the correct ammunition for it.
Not just any 7mm ammo will work. Most newer commercial things (i.e. 7mm WSM, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Weatherby, 7mm Rem SAUM, 7mm RUM) won't chamber, but something in the wrong chambering(7mm-08) might, and that could lead to a potentially bad mishap. The only ammo for this firearm is what it is chambered in. No substitutes. You are saying 7mm but there is also a 7.65 Mauser. Again, a competent gunsmith can steer you right.
If my history is correct, and this is a surplus Mauser, it probably isn't newer than WWI...in other words it's nearly 100 years old or older.
If all is well with your Mauser, and it is a 7x57 (most likely,) something like Federal Premium 140 grain Nosler Partition (P7C) would be fine.
Good advice from sgaredneck. I have owned 7x57mm Mauser rifles, and it is an excellent choice for whitetail. Bullets weighing 139-140-145 grain are very good choices. No heavier than 160 grain needed for whitetail. By the way, which Mauser rifle do you have?
I once came upon a young man who ruined a perfectly good Weatherby 7mm by chambering a 7mm Express Remingon round and firing it. Almost lost his eyesight.
If I had an old 7x57 Mauser, the first stop would be a competent gunsmith. All sporting arms of recent manufacture have the caliber roll stamped on the barrel and only ammo that EXACTLY matches that stamping should be used. Old military rifles have no such standardized markings depending on their source.
Absolutely a must to chamber the correct ammo in the weapon. The guys above are concerned for your safety as will a gunsmith. Not the guy at the sporting goods store who drives a skateboard to work!
Right. Most of them are good candidates for Congress. Can tell you everything they want you to know, but can't tell the difference betwen $^!* and Shinola.
thanks alot for the info guys
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