Coating on Military Surplus 8mm mauser

Coating on Military Surplus 8mm mauser

This is a discussion on Coating on Military Surplus 8mm mauser within the Misc. forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I recently ordered a large quantity of this 196gr Yugoslavian 8mm mauser ammunition. Upon arrival the ammunition looked very clean. After further inspection I found ...

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    Coating on Military Surplus 8mm mauser

    I recently ordered a large quantity of this 196gr Yugoslavian 8mm mauser ammunition. Upon arrival the ammunition looked very clean. After further inspection I found that there was an oily coat over the casings and the bullets.

    Last week I took my mauser out and tested this ammunition. The shots were taken from 100m open sight and all shots landed 2-3 inches left of the bull. There was a crosswind of 1-2 mph, but with a bullet weight of 196gr I disregarded this factor.

    This is my question: Will this coating of whatever it might be contribute to the accuracy of the bullets? Should I wipe down my ammunition before I fire it? Or am i just developing a bad habit of firing left of my target? :P

    Thanks in advance,
    Johnny.

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    Never thought I'd be talking about 8mm history on a modern precision rifle forum. :lol:

    The original German spec for s.S. ball (that the Yugo's duplicate on original machinery), calls for a very light coating of wax on the casing to prevent corrosion and ease extraction.

    This is also common in Swiss GP-11 ammunition, which actually has a ring of wax in order to seal the case neck. It's known that this ammunition has a reputation for being very very accurate for military surplus ammunition.

    This practice has also been used in .276 Pederson ammunition.

    Unless you see noticeable grit attached to the coating I wouldn't worry about removing it.
    Poison Miller

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    You don't say anything about your Mauser. Is it a surplus one, sporterized or original sporter? How were your groups? If they were fine, then you just need to adjust your sights for that particular ammo. IMO with iron sights, a mil surp. rifle and that ammo, anything under 3" would bring a big smile to my face. OMD
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    Sorry, Ill explain a bit more.

    it is a mil surp never issued. A 24/47. It grouped very well, with best being .912 largest 2.132" Five round groupings at 100M. No sporterizing, No modifications, just took it home, cleaned the heck out of it, and took it out to shoot.

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    Bought one of those but the barrel was totally shot (pun intended)!

    You've got a good one.
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    My RC K98k has a slightly rough bore but still shoots okay.

    When I get used to the sights I can hit clay pidgeons at 100 yards most of the time.
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