8x57 JS Ammo

Also known as the 8mm Mauser or 7.92x57 Mauser, the 8x57 JS entered service with the German empire in 1905. It was chambered in K98 Mauser and has been used in virtually every major conflict from World War I to the Libyan Civil War of 2011.
Set Descending Direction
per page
  1. Sellier & Bellot 8x57mm JS Ammo - 20 Rounds of 196 Grain SPCE Ammunition

    Image For 20 Rounds Of 196 Grain SPCE Boxer Brass 8x57 JS (323 diameter) Sellier and Bellot Ammunition


    $22.00 Price As low as $21.00 in bulk
    In stock now
Set Descending Direction
per page

History of 8x57 JS Ammunition

The 8x57 JS entered service with the German Empire in 1905. It is also known as the 7.92x57mm Mauser or 8mm Mauser. This cartridge has an interesting service history; it was used in World War I by the Germans. In World War II it was used by Germany, Poland, and Great Britain. Soon after, Israel used the 8x57 JS in the Mauser rifle, along with other surplus rifles, in its War of Independence. Egypt also built and equipped troops with the Hakim rifle that was chambered for the 8x57 JS. It has been seen in a narrower scope more recently, to include the Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s and the Libyan Civil War of 2011.

The most common use of the 8x57 JS today is in the hunting world. It is suitable for hunting any game animal on the planet. It is most commonly seen in the K98 Mauser rifle and its variants, as well as several European rifles. Remington produced a limited edition Model 700 in 8x57 JS in 2004 and has since stopped production. Ammunition is primarily manufactured by European companies to include Sellier and Bellot and Privi Partizan.

The ballistics of the 8x57 JS have been compared to the .30-06 and are impressive. With bullet weights ranging from 152.8 to 197.5 grains, the cartridge will easily generate over 2700 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle and velocities approaching 2900 feet per second. Interestingly enough, the 197.5 grain Boat Tail Hollow Point bullet used by the Germans in WW II maintained supersonic velocity well past 1000 meters.  Today the most common bullet types for the 8x57 are the Full Metal Jacket and Soft Point.

The 8x57 JS is an excellent hunting cartridge that will most likely continue with its popularity in European hunting circles. Although never a wildly popular cartridge in the United States, the 8x57 JS will most likely retain its place in the cluster of European cartridges that have earned their place in the collections of shooters across the country.

Discuss 8x57 JS ammunition by adding your comment to the 5 comments below or by asking a new question

Steve Sofka ( Sat, 25 May 2013 12:59:26 +0000 ) : I have 2 Mausers in 8X57, a VZ24 and a Yugo 1924 and love them both. The M95 is normally found in 8X56 rimmed sometimes in 8X50 rimmed. But there are some out there in 8X57. They usually are marked M95M and they don't use the enblock clip like the M95.
Patrick Drewery ( Sat, 25 May 2013 14:28:54 +0000 ) : I've found it difficult to find ammo in 8x57 that's not 50+ years old and/or corrosive primed.
Jeff Dickson ( Sat, 25 May 2013 15:07:30 +0000 ) : Cabelas has it. New by Sellier & Bellot. Fair price also.
Michael Jevnager ( Sat, 25 May 2013 21:25:00 +0000 ) : The bullet used in the 8MM Mauser cartridge, introduced for the M1898 rifle was so impressive that the US military, changed the 1903 Springfield 30-03 cartridge with a 220 gr. round nosed bullet carried over from the 30-40 Krag, into the 30-06 cartridge in 1906. They put in a nice pointed, 150 gr. bullet designated M1 I believe. Later they introduced the M2 cartridge with the 172 boat tailed bullet for longer range shooting. Be careful of surplus 8MM from Europe. I thnk the German practice of heavy loading for machineguns carried over to other govts. The Germans marked the boxes so that the rifleman didn't blow up his rifle with the machinegun only ammo. Great article years ago in The American Rifleman mag, by C.E. Harris on the German 8MM ammo. I have a couple of them, an 1898 from WW2 and a SAFN 1949 auto loader from Belgium.