Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cobbled together 8x57mm does the job.

In this post I wrote about putting together some 8x57mm match ammunition from components on hand.

Today I shot the match using the ancient Turk Mauser and the ammunition I built.

Not bad folks... not bad. I shot a 365, which is pretty good for me and only about 25 points off my best ever.

$100 rifle, about $15 in components, and ended up with a great day shooting.

I'm a happy camper!


Brigid said...

Why do I now have the song from Fiddler on a Roof "Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a Match" in my head. :-)

Nice work with the ammo. . I still have a brick to shoot in my little Swiss number.

Carteach0 said...

Maybe because it's one of my favorite musicals, right after 'South Pacific'?


Somerled said...

Good shooting, Art, and it was done with the original tangent rear. Do you use a sling for the other positions?

Carteach0 said...


Nope, no sling. I have yet to master the art of using a sling, and I also like to keep it simple. No shooting jacket, no sling, no aperture sight, just me and the old Mauser. I really shoot against myself, not the crowd.

To some of the folks there, match shooting is a stylized art. To me, just a way of bettering my skills.

Somerled said...

I have to travel a long way to find the stylists. The squirrels in the walnut tree don't seem to mind if I'm wearing a shooting jacket, a morning coat, or holey jeans and a paint-splattered t-shirt. No matter what, they head south when I show up.

The Hermit said...

I've always believed the old bolt guns were quality. My Turkish mausers are good rifles. Sounds like you put together a winning combination.

Rio Arriba said...

Well, hell, why shouldn't you be happy?

Even a blind PA squirrel finds a nut SOMETIME.


Breda said...

oh my gosh - I think that's a smile. I really do.

Carteach0 said...

Breda! Perish the thought!
I caught my thumb in the bolt... that was a grimace of pain. Yeh, that's the ticket.... a grimace of pain.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Weetabix said...

Are you shooting a 55-round CMP-style match? I did my first of those a while back on a borrowed M1 Garand. It was plenty of fun. I'm thinking of doing a bit more of that, maybe with a Finn M-39 or a Swedish Mauser.

I don't have any Mauser-caliber Mausers, though.