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Thread: Firing The Commission 88 Rifle

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    Default Firing The Commission 88 Rifle

    The Commission 88 Rifle uses the Patrone 88 (cartridge 88) or M/88. This began by adapting a Swiss design, resulting in a new 8 mm rimless "necked" cartridge (bullet diameter 8.08mm / .318 in) which featured single-base smokeless powder. In 1905, the 8 mm M/88 cartridge which was introduced in 1888 and loaded with a 8.08 mm (.318 in) 14.6 g (226 gr) round nose bullet was replaced by the 7.9257mm Mauser S Patrone (S ball cartridge) which was loaded with a new 8.20 mm (.323 in) 9.9 g (154 gr) spitzer bullet and and more powerful double-base smokeless powder.




    The maximum operating pressure for the Gewehr 88 Commission rifle is much less than that of any Model 98 Mauser rifle, chambered for 8mm, because the makers of the Gewehr 88 did not fully understand the greater energy of smokeless powder compared to black powder. Shooters planning to use modern 8 mm ammunition in a Gewehr 88 should slug their bore and chamber, there are four different possible bore/groove and chamber dimensioning combinations found on the Gewehr 88 rifle. High performance and hence high pressure or military ammunition [S Patrone .323 ] should never be fired in a Gewehr 88 Commission rifle.


    Modern commercial 8mm ammunition manufactured in the United States, uses a reduced powder charge and a compromise bullet with a .321 diameter but safe use in a Commission 88 rifle is not 100% guaranteed. There is a commercial European manufactured .318 round available [8mmJS], but it is seldom encountered and expensive.
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    There is a commercial European manufactured .318 round available [8mmJRS], but it is seldom encountered and expensive.

    I believe this is the rimmed version (Note the R) and would not chamber in this rifle.
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    Thank you / Corrected should read 8mm JS
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