Its kinda sad how 8mm mauser never caught on here in North America as much as it should have. Where I live, lots of people hunt with/own surplus rifles, mostly Lee Enfields. 8 milly mauser is loaded by the big boys to about the same standards as .303 Brit, because they know its mostly being used in older weapons, but the cartridge is capable of a lot more...just about anything a 30-06 can do anyway. For someone who wants to build a sporter out of a surplus gun they can find in excellent shape for hardly two hundred dollars, its a great place to start. Mauser actions in good shape are pretty tough.