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low the gun to fire only if the bolt was locked down, and the firing pin would cock into position when the bolt was lifted to eject a round rather than on closing when chambering a round. The 98 Mauser came in two size actions, the small ring for the 7x57, and the large ring for the 8x57 Mauser. During the WWII years, millions of the large ring Model 98s were manufactured in several factories throughout eastern Europe (estimates have it around eight million). Tens of thousands of those 98s made it across to our shores after 1945, and even today there are intermittent shipments from outfits such as Mitchell Arms and Century International for those who appreciate the original military Model 98. Due to the fact that the design of this action can be chambered into any cartridge that has the size of a .30-06 bolt head, it has lent itself to more than just an old military arm. As generations of shooters now know, they can be easily turned into beautiful sleek sporters, from a .22-250 to some of the large caliber belted magnums. Today, several rifle manufacturers, such as Remington and CZ, still make the Model 98 action (but under different model numbers), because it is that good of an action. So, for those of you who like the 98 but don’t want to go through the time and expense of customizing a military rifle, there are plenty of commercial sporters to choose from. The 8x57 cartridge started out in 1889, in an earlier Mauser model, and it originally sent a 227-grain round nose bullet at around 2,100 fps. But when the Model 98 was adopted it was changed to 323-caliber with 150-grain spitzers at 2,800 fps, and also a 195-grain spitzer boattail bullet at Fun Game answers: beaver, chipmunk, coyote, fisher, muskrat, otter, opossum, skunk, squirrel, woodchuck; FIELD, WATER. AUGUST 2009 2,500 fps. The 8mm is a good big game cartridge that is still popular enough today to where several ammunition companies load it with a 170-grain bullet at around 2,600 fps. If you are a handloader, you have a fairly good choice of bullets, running from 125 grains to 220 grains, from Sierra, Nosler, Speer and Hornady. My first experience with the 8mm was when I was around 12. One day I asked my Uncle Joe to take me shooting. He said that he was busy around the barn, but that after he got his chores done, we would go. After about the ump-teenth time I asked whether he was still busy, he gave a side glance that said, “You’re really being a pest,” but he said, “If I let you shoot will you stop bothering me and let me finish my work?” After I readily agreed to that, he walked in the house and came out with what I recognized as a WWII infantry Mauser, along with five rounds in his hand. My initial thought was that only five shots was a little on the stingy side, because we usually would go through a whole box of .22s or at least a half a box of .25-20s. Well, he put two rounds in my hand and told me how to load the rifle. After closing the bolt on the first round and shouldering the rifle, I remember thinking how heavy it was, as well as feeling that steel butt plate against my shoulder. I didn’t give much more thought to it until I pulled the trigger. When the round went off it felt like someone had hit my shoulder with a hammer and I nearly dropped the rifle. Not wanting my uncle to think I couldn’t take it, I took the pain, worked the action and moved the butt plate firmer into my shoulder. That second shot only exacerbated the discomfort of the first. I opened the action with my good arm, handed it back and, with another side glance from my uncle that seemed to suggest, “See what happens when you’re a pest?” we walked down the hill back to the house. Lesson learned. Next month I’ll continue with some more oldies but goodies. 63

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009
Contents
10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Where the Buffalo Roamed
The Smile Tells the Tale
Friends & Flat Tails
Opening Days Gone By
Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
Even in August
Man’s Best Friend?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 1
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 10 to 1— The Keystone Countdown
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 7
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Where the Buffalo Roamed
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Smile Tells the Tale
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Friends & Flat Tails
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Opening Days Gone By
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Ned Smith: Mentor, Hero, Turkey Hunter
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Even in August
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Man’s Best Friend?
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2009 - Crossings
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