Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

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Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:12 pm

Ive just purchased a M48 Yugo in 8mm and if it turns out to shoot ok will get into reloading for it. ADI manual lists ar2208 as a powder which I have and use in my 308. Anyone got some experience with these rifles and what pills/powder combos work. Cheers
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Tue May 24, 2016 2:59 pm

Well got the rifle all cleaned of cosmoline and scrubbed the bore best I could shows good rifling but the bore is pitted and dark especially the first 1/3.
First range session with factory Winchester 170g power point. Massive groups at 100m around 14inches mmmm?? Oh well shot the 20 round match that day with it and only 7 rounds hit the ISSF 50m target at 100m. Oh well ill get some projectiles now I have some brass and reload for it. Purchased some 170grain speer after researching all over the net and you tube loaded up some test loads starting at minimum and working up, 6 different powder loads and my hottest load still 2 grains below max. Off to range to test turned out dismal 12inch groups on average for 5shots per load. Stop into a club members place who had some used boxes of 8mm projectiles to try and reload some more. Got 6 150grain hornady bullets and loaded up two loads one load at 48grains and another at 50 grains (book states 45min and 52max)using 2208. Range test again and this time two groups of similar size of around 5inches and the hotter load landing about 4inches directly above the lower load. Looks like I may have stumbled onto something good so ordered one box of the 150g hornadys and load up some 5rounds per load starting way back at minimum. Range test and the best group at 47grains powder produced a group size of 3 1/2 inches and hitting a few inches above my aiming point @ 100m. :)
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby Happy » Tue May 24, 2016 6:27 pm

Sounds like you're on the way to getting it good
Can you chuck a picture up ?

I have never seen one of these but see they are a bit collectable for sure :D
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby Scribe » Tue May 24, 2016 7:29 pm

'Bluebell' are you using the iron sights. You have made no mention of fitting a scope. What about throwing up some pictures though so we can have a look.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Tue May 24, 2016 8:28 pm

Ill post a picture when I figure how to load them to my laptop from my phone or take same pics with my camera of the rifle. Yes im using irons sites and the gun is completely as issued and will stay that way for using it for service rifle shooting. It looks pretty much exactly like the german k98k that was general issue to the german infantry during WW2. These Yugoslavian m48s were built on the german machinery sold to them by the Russians when Germany was being divided up after the war, The Yugo,s built a bit over 2million of them from 1948 to 1965. They are renowned for being very accurate if the bores are good.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Tue May 24, 2016 8:38 pm

Iraqveteren on You Tube does a very good review on the Yugo 8mm Mauser.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby Scribe » Wed May 25, 2016 6:49 am

Your last group seems to me to be reasonable with Iron sights Bluebelle'. You have got yourself a shooter.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Wed May 25, 2016 8:29 pm

Yeah scribe im pretty stoked with the gun and its good to get back into iron sights for a change even tho the eyes aren't as sharp as in my youth shooting with an SLR. A mate of mine picked up an Yugo m24/47 basically the same but earlier model with a straight bolt and his is like brand new with a sparkling bore and the blueing is pristine . Seems his shoots every type of ammo very well both mil surp and factory ammo. So he will be competing against mine at the next club shoot now I have it sorted.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby Scribe » Wed May 25, 2016 10:07 pm

bluebelle wrote:Yeah scribe im pretty stoked with the gun and its good to get back into iron sights for a change even tho the eyes aren't as sharp as in my youth shooting with an SLR. A mate of mine picked up an Yugo m24/47 basically the same but earlier model with a straight bolt and his is like brand new with a sparkling bore and the blueing is pristine . Seems his shoots every type of ammo very well both mil surp and factory ammo. So he will be competing against mine at the next club shoot now I have it sorted.


With Iron sights it is the man on the day that will take home the prize.

I thought I had some 8mm that you could have had even just for the brass but all I found was a nearly full packet of Norma 7mm.
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Re: Zastava/yugo M48 8mm.

Postby bluebelle » Thu May 26, 2016 6:15 am

New brass is available but costly and I have 40 Winchester brass now, the hignland/ppu ammo is almost cheaper than the brass on its own and the ppu brass I have found in my other calibres as excellent for loading.
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