As some of you are aware, I have been working with the 8x57 cartridge in a Husqvarna Model 648 over the last few months, developing a cast bullet load. I finished my work this past week. The load is 52 grains of IMR-4350 under a 206 grain heat treated lead alloy bullet. The speed is 2340 fps. This target was shot at 60M with my forehand resting on a sand bag and the butt against my shoulder using the original open sights. As you can see it hits about 1" high at that range which translates to about 2" high at 100... which is about as far as I can can shoot with these particular sights.
I finished the afternoon by shooting bowling pins off of a wooden rail at 100M. A very pleasing end to a load development project. I'm hoping to find a sweet young doe in my sights sometime over the next month. I'll post a pic if I do. ~Muir