I have always been smitten by the 7x57 cartridge. It's damn elegant with a great history. Father of the 7.62x51 and other cartridges.
Do any of you guys own a bolt rifle in this caliber ? Or ever had one ? Picks would be nice, but I really want to hear your experience with the cartridge.
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Off the top of my head, I've had a VZ-24 Short Rifle, a Dakota Arms Model 97, and a Ruger 77. The only 7x57 I still have is a single-shot: a Dakota Arms Model 10.
I don't know what makes it "elegant", but it has a good history and is an effective game cartridge. I certainly don't see how it's the "father" of the 7.62x51.
No 7x57, but I do have one of it’s kids (6.5x55). Your description of elegant is kinda appropriate. An old timer still getting it done without a lot of fuss. It is on my radar even though I don’t really need one. Mesabi, that Dakota must be a class act. Color me jealous.
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One of the rifles I regret selling more than any other was an original Clifton Bipod Stocked Model 70 in 7x57. Great Handling rifle, neat bipod. It shot pretty well.
Currently I have in project a Pre-74 M70 in 7x57 to match my 9,3x62.
I've also worked on a couple others for a friend. Put a Octagon 1/4 rib barrel action into a classic stock built by a Master.
All in all it's a nice classic round but in all honesty it's performance has been surpassed by more modern rounds like the 7-08 which is just more accurate and fits in a short action which some prefer. The 7x57 is easier to make feed ultra smoothly.
But also all in all, the 7-08 will NEVER equal the class and history of the 7x57 - 275 Rigby.
Just my opinions......
Remember, this is all supposed to be for fun...................
I now own this one but I have used another one in the past. The nostalgia and history is what draws me to a caliber like this. There isn't anything it can really do better than a 7mm-08 but I like having something a bit different.
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No bolt gun in 7x57, but I do have. Ruger RSI #1 single shot in that caliber. I swear by both the cartridge and the gun.
Regards to all,
I apologize for the sentence layout. I should have typed “have a Ruger # 1...”
I found a unfired Mauser 7x57 in its box for sale. A gentleman had passed away and his undeserving spawn were getting rid of a long collection. I have been slowly trying to restore the wood stock . It was kept in a closet for nearly a century near a vent. Woods very dried out but actions pristine.
I had a Brazilian Mauser, Model 1908 I believe. I hand loaded for accuracy.
Inherent accuracy of the round and rifle was excellent.
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First rifle I ever purchased at the age of 18 was an Argentinian Crested Mauser model 1912 in 7X57. I still own it, and love it. When I was young and broke I used it to shoot groundhogs at a local ski resort. I have many fond memories of laying on a shooting blanket under the afternoon sun and punching holes in fat groundhogs with the thing.
Back in 1990 I bought a Mauser Model B sporting rifle from our LGS in Chester, England. It had been in an auction, and the gun-store owner had picked it up for me after calling me at home about it. It cost me £120, including the auction commission. Dated 1912 on the large ring, it was in fair condition, but had obviously been carried over the shoulder as the barrel blue was very thin where the holding hand had been- African bush-style. I asked Jim about this, and he toldf me that the rifle had been bought in the famous Army & Navy stores in London in 1913, by a family heading out to Rhodesia to grow tobacco or similar. Even had their name, too. When that great African ''hero', Robert Mugabe, started up his destruction of Rhodesia in the late '80s, the family decided to split up. Half came back to UK, where they still had assets that were not being plundered by Mugabe, and the other half went to neighbouring Tanzania, to start over. The bunch coming back to UK brought the guns with them, in hope of getting a better price.
Fast forward to about seven years ago, one Sunday morning on the range here. My shooting pal, who just happens to be from Tanzania, got me talking about this rifle, and while we were chatting I made a short Youtube movie of him shooting it.
Hey, he said, you know I went to boarding school in Harare with a guy called +++++, eh? I wonder if he knows anything about the family - maybe a relative?
We took photos, and he made contact with his ex-school friend pal.
Well, yes, he replied, I know that rifle well, it belonged to my grandfather, and I learned to shoot with it....
Anyhow, it's very plain, but the checkering is still good, and it shoots quite well for its age - about 2" at 100m with my home loads. Incidnetally, a friend for northwestfirearms.com offered me a few hundred flat-base 175 JSF bullets of the style that was commonplace when it was new. They have a long cylindrical bearing surface, unlike most modern BT designs - those it does NOT care for.
That’s cool to make full circle in the history of the rifle.
I always prefer reality when I can figure out what it is.
For OP - it's also known as the .275 Rigby.
I have multiple (at least a dozen) milsurp Mausers in 7x57. Big fan of the cartridge.
What, me worry?
Indeed, I have a Chileno 91, in 7mm Mauser.
It’s in fantastic shape and unreasonably accurate, what a find!
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