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20 Rounds of 8x57 mm JS Mauser Ammo by Sellier & Bellot - 196gr SPCE

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Ammo Overview

Quantity - 20 rounds

Manufacturer - Sellier & Bellot

Bullets - 196 grain Soft Point Cutting Edge(SPCE)

Casings - Boxer-primed Brass, Reloadable

Velocity - 2592 fps

Energy - 2923 ft-lbs

20 Rounds of 8x57 mm JS Mauser Ammo by Sellier & Bellot - 196gr SPCE

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reliable but not accurate
Review by sam
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ordered 100 rounds of this stuff for my yugo m48 Mauser. it was reliable but not that accurate nor would it feed from stripper clips. other than that had no problems (Posted on 8/1/11)

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Q: It is true that the 8mm Mauser was designed by the Germans to penetrate brick and concrete to kill persons on the other side of the wall?

Posted On: 10/24/11 By: Douglas

A: No, that is not true.
Q: Is this a core lock round applical to big game hunting or a target round?

Posted On: 10/21/11 By: Dustin Stradal

A: It is a core-lock type. The manufacturer describes it as "a semi-jacketed bullet with a cut-trough edge in the jacket which partially locks the lead core at the same time. The bullet effect depends on the target resistance – it gets deformed in light game to a lesser extent than in heavy game. It is appropriate for cloven-hoofed game hunting."
Q: i understand the "soft point "part but can you explain what the cutting edge is ?

Posted On: 10/21/11 By: jrff radtke

A: There is a special cut-through edge - almost a crimp - along the ogive (curved forward portion) of the bullet that partially locks the jacket to the core. This means that the bullet will retain weight well, even if it hits a toughly constructed target.
Q: How does this ammo compare with MILSURP 8mm ammo. Is this ammo that much more accurate, cleaner, or reliable than MILSURP out of a Spam can? Thanks.

Posted On: 10/21/11 By: Christopher

A: This is new production 8x57 ammo manufactured with boxer-primed brass cases that can be reloaded. It also utilizes non-corrosive primers, meaning that it has no special cleaning requirements. Because this 8x57 ammo is new production, the chances of it failing to fire are practically zero. None of the above can be said about military surplus 8x57 ammo from a spam can.
Q: Does this ammunition use corrosive primers?

Posted On: 10/11/11 By: Rich

A: No, this Sellier & Bellot ammunition does not use corrosive primers.
Q: I was doing a little research on this cartridge and I noticed that sometimes, these are referenced as 8x57mm IS and sometimes with a J, like 8x57mm JS. What is the difference between the two?

Posted On: 9/27/11 By: Ross


This can definitely be confusing, and the reason is that many minor changes were made to the 8x57 cartridge over the years as it was adopted by various militaries and used in civilian hunting rifles as well. The simple answer to your question is that the "I" on some German rifles (which stood for "Infantry") was misinterpreted as a "J," and the mistake stuck so well that it eventually became the commonly used name of the cartridge. In other words, 8x57 IS and 8x57 JS are the same cartridge - a .323" bore and a non-rimmed case.

However, there is more you should know about 8x57 ammo. You will also see 8x57 JRS, 8x57 JR, and 8x57 J. The "R" stands for "rimmed" and is intended for use in break action weapons - ammo without the "R" is designed for bolt actions. Without the "S" in the name, the projectile diameter is actually different as well - .318" for the "non-S" and .323" for the "S." Prior to 1905, German rifles were manufactured with the .318" bore diameter. If you have an 8x57 rifle, you should make sure that you know the chamber dimensions and bore diameter before buying ammunition for it. While shooting .318" projectiles in a .323" bore will only result in poor accuracy, doing the reverse is potentially hazardous.