My Favorite Cartridges for Africa (Part 9)

by david on November 1, 2012

8×68 RWS

200 grain bullet @ 2950 fps yields 3900 ft. lbs. of energy and 29.1 ft. lbs. of recoil

The 8×68 is available in Africa on a limited basis.

            The 8×68 RWS is one of the newest rifles in my collection and I am still working up loads for it.  It was introduced in 1939.  It is one of the most powerful of the 8mm cartridges in the same class as the 338 Winchester 1.  I have to admit I was basically unfamiliar with it until I stumbled across the one I just bought.  When I saw it the only thing that went through my mind was “a new (to me) 8 mm” and “commercial Mauser”, and the rifle somehow followed me home.  The rifle is not bad to shoot and is showing promising signs of being quite accurate.  There are bullet weights of 150-220 grains available so I should be able to take any plains game in Africa.  The power of this rifle is enough to meet my definition of a true medium rifle for hunting Africa.  The only thing that is really keeping me from “officially” saying so is the unavailability of “solids”.  Someone, somewhere may be making 8 mm/.323 solids and, if you know, where I could find some?  Please drop me a note.

Kissing Cousin: .338 Winchester Magnum, a 200-grain bullet @ 2950 fps yields 3890 ft. lbs. of energy and 32.8 ft. lbs. of recoil.

My 8x68 Mauser

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