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The action is too short for the 8mm Rem mag. For what it would cost you to have the action lengthened (and weakened in theprocess) you could buy a brand new 8mm magnum.

There are other chambering options, however.

(1) 8mm/.338 Win mag or

(2) 8mm/350 Remington Mag.

The 8mm/350 Rem Mag is a 308 length case that would feed like a champ in the 57 mm length magazine of your Turk. In fact it would allow longer seating of the bullets for more powder in the case. You would only have to rechamber, alter the bolt face and alter the magazine.

I would not advise the 8mm-06. Too much work for too little gain, frankly. A lot of hassle to handload a round that's not any better than a handloaded 8x57 and with the 8x57 you can still shoot cheap surplus ammo.

Before doing anything, shoot it as is to establish the accuracy level of the barrel. If it won't group well as an 8x57, it probably won't do any better with rechambering. Beware the lure of "sportserizing" military rifles. You can really pay out a lot of money and end up with a pile of junk. I speak from experience. Frankly if you really need something as powerful as an 8mm magnum, you probably need a better rifle than a surplus Turkish mauser.
 

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Mike - Advocate is right about sporterizing military rifles. Unless you are prepared to do alot of the work yourself - tools and know-how - the cost of having a gunsmith sporterize a military rifle exceeds what the commercial rifle will cost. Enjoy the Turk for what it is, shoot the cheap surplus ammo, and be happy. If you need the 8mm Mag buy the Remington 700.
 

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My question is WHY? The 8mm Turk I have shoots & looks great. I reformed some 30-06 Rem. cases, put in 46 gr. of IMR4895 with Rem. 180gr. CLSP's & it hits like a ton o bricks. It might not be the best for Grizz but I don't have a 475 Kynock so I ain't gonna go bother them brown furry fellers. :grin:
 

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Well, my Turk was well used, showed throat erosion and wear at the muzzle. Rechamber to 8mm-06 removes the throat erosion, cutting off the barrel to 24" makes a handier rifle and gives me a good muzzle.
 

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Shrink: The 8mm-06 is a good caliber. Many folks kept it loaded down because of the concerns for mixing up the ammo and shooting it in the older rifles of a smaller 8mm bore diameter and I think the reloading manuals followed suit. For many years the ammo manufacturers in America really downplayed the European calibers in favor of our American cartridges. But, in a good action the 8mm-06 can be loaded up to snuff, pretty near the 35 Whelen I believe. Hope this helps. Mikey.
 

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Shrink, that sounds like a good idea in yore case. Remember to have a target crown cut on the muzzle . That helps accuracy a good bit in my experience. My turk shoots so good with handloads I'm scared to change anything. :grin:
 
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