Canadian 8mm Mauser?

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Canadian 8mm Mauser?

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So I nabbed a box of mystery 8mm Mauser ammo/ 7.92x57. The headstamp reads 7.92 MM 44. Research tells me that MM is simply millimeters, and doesn't stand for an arsenal. Comparing it to Turk, and Egyptian 8mm, it is visually the same dimensions. Also read that it was made by Dominion Arsenal? There was some story about them being clandestine production, and that they were actually manufactured in the 50s. I got a box of 35 for $10. I'd call that a good price these days. Brass case, copper plated projectile, and black ish primer sealer. No idea if it is Berdan, or Boxer. For that matter, I have never seen it before in my life. I didn't know such a thing existed before today...so that's neat. While I didn't photograph the rounds, here is a pic from a Google search. Center right, exact same as the rounds I picked up today. Dunno if these are rare, or not these days? Read millions of rounds were made like this.
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Very common and inexpensive in the early 1960s as Interarms ended up with the bulk of this ammo. 154 gr Type S lead core ball ammo with Noncorrosive Boxer primers. Originally packed in unmarked 44rd boxes.
Nice ammo and good brass for reloading.

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Unmarked box sounds right. Lol. The only indication was marker scrolled 8mm on the outside. I got permission to look at it before picking it up. Boxer primed is a bonus. I've saved several berdan cases I'm hoping to try coverting to boxer.

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Its great ammo. You have some AP as well. Not common at all.
I've shot tens of thousands of these in my Maxim Guns.
The Britt's and Canadians had the BESA Tank machine gun.
And we were providing China with 8x57mm ammo as well.
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The black tip isn't mine, it's just from a pic snagged from google. Mine are all uncolored ball ammo. If I found black tip, I wouldn't want to shoot it because scarcity.

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It was made at Dominion, in the 1950s, on a contract for the CIA and the US Military. It, and similar headstamped 9mm, was standard "non-attributable" ammo for various uses, and also for weapons checks/inspection for the Army and USAF well into the 1980s. A good bunch was eventually surplussed off to Interarms, and I still grab it when I see a box or two. Excellent non-corrosive, reloadable, 124 grain 9mm.

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