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Reloading 8x57 on the cheap?

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Reloading 8x57 on the cheap?

#1 Post by DaleH » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:08 pm

Want to get a friend into shooting cast loads over a load like 16-grns 2400 out of his ‘duffle cut’ 98K that his Father brought back from Pilsen, CZ. He wants to shoot it w/ the grandson, hence the reduced load.

Anyone know of any other die ‘close’ to that of the 8x57 that could be used to neck-size only the brass? Trying to find a used set of 8x57s to no avail.

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#2 Post by Smokey » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:50 pm

I've used LEE collet dies quite a bit. They really extend case life as well by working the necks a LOT less.
https://leeprecision.com/reloading-dies ... -die-only/
They are available for 8x57mm Mauser. You can also get complete die sets.
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Re: Reloading 8x57 on the cheap?

#3 Post by DaleH » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:51 pm

Smokey wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:50 pm
I've used LEE collet dies quite a bit.
Me too, they are great for bolt rifles. He’s never reloaded, so I was Trying to help him do it on the cheap. But maybe I will just get him dies (and he can get the bullets) and I will load them on my press for him.

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#4 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:13 pm

A cheep way is to find an old 8x57 Mauser hand Lee loader set from the 1960s in the cardboard box. But that might be a collectable :doh:
see https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/lee-lo ... reloading/
they no longer make all of these see titan https://www.titanreloading.com/classic-lee-loader
I know the 7mm Mauser, 8mm mauser, and 8mm lebel sets are no longer made; you have to find an old set on flee bay, a rummage sale or gun show. They neck size only and fire formed cartridges should be keep separate and fired in the same rifle.

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#5 Post by viking » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:10 pm

First reloader set i bought back in the early 70s,still use mine sometimes.

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#6 Post by professrh » Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:51 pm

I've used Lee dies--both FL and collet--to good effect with the 8x57.

Prvi makes good, inexpensive 175-grain SPs that fly well for me, and I've gotten good accuracy (if a bit middling in velocity) using RAD 78 / IMR 7383, a surplus powder RapidRob posted about back before "the incident." (I haven't used Speer hot-cor bullets in the 8x57, but I'm very impressed with them in 6.5x55 and 30-06. Grafs has them, usually, at remarkably low prices, relatively speaking.)

I also have a Lee "nutcracker-style" press, which doesn't cost much but takes more effort than a bench-mounted press.

All that said, I wouldn't shoot much if I didn't handload my ammo. Tell your friend, welcome to the hobby, and best wishes.

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