CGPaul: Thanks for the update on your Wy. hunt. I was wonderin how the 8x57 would work out there. Glad to hear the 8x57 performed flawlessly, and I still got a bunch of 150 gr. Hornady's waitin to be loaded, and it's nice to hear that you were satisfied with them as well. I'm gonna feel a little more confident this fall if I get my 8x57 aimed at a whitetail
Sounds like a combination worth a try. Today I discovered that 150 Hornadys also work real well with IMR-3031. The 8x57 cartridge seems to like powder that's a little faster than what I would have guessed I'd wind up using in it. Runnin 47.7 gr. of 3031 behind one of those Hornadys in carefully prepped brass with a Fed. GM-210M primer. It's half a grain below max in my Hornady 6th edition manual, Copyright 2003. I couldn't believe the 100 yd. groups I was gettin with an old military bolt gun. Too bad I didn't have the chrony with me today. Made up 20 more rounds tonight in some brass I had all prepped and primed and ready to go. Gonna punch some more paper with it plus get some velocity readings. I might just have a new go-to hunting load. Still wanna try some TAC, though. Next thing you know I'll be lookin around for one of those model 700's in 8x57. The more I play with this cartridge the more I like it. I don't even worry about brass. Got a Redding form and trim die so's 8x57 brass can be formed from 30-06 brass if need be. In fact, that's the brass I was using today.
22250....I`ve not gotten to 3031 yet. I worked up my load with TAC using the crony and watching for excessive pressure. Reached 3k with no problems with 150`s. If I remember correctly..always a problem..the original German military load with 150`s produced a velocity in the 2900fps. area with Mauser`s most famous creation...I should have just said "98". I really like the 700 classic...and form much of my brass the same as you. Did buy 100 pieces from Rem. for this project tho...getting lazy in my old age. And as you, I really like this cartridge, will use it during the Wi. deer season. Might just load some 185 Rems...just for fun.