And the action is likewise quite lovely, with a polished knob bolt (rather than the butterknife) and conventional scope rings. Still with the full stock and double set triggers, though.
As for the 8x60mm S cartridge: it’s basically a lengthened casing derived from the military 8x57mm cartridge, and was created to circumvent the Versailles Treaty restrictions on the production of military chamberings — the thought being that hunters and their clubs could become ersatz reserve units for the Wehrmacht. (I know, stupid, but that’s gummint for ya.) So DWM simply changed the cartridge while keeping the bullet (the “S” denotes .323″) — and the longer casing meant more gunpowder, ergo a more powerful cartridge. As such, the 8x60mm is very close to the .30-06 Springfield in terms of performance.
So why buy this rifle, when the cartridges are hard to find? Actually, one might think that the 8×60 S is rare, but it isn’t — quite a feat given that it was made solely for pre-WWII German hunting rifles. True, you do have to look around for them, but they’re made in quantity by Serbia’s Prvi Partizan company, and in keeping with PPU’s philosophy, they’re inexpensive — I found them selling for just over $22 per 20, which makes the rifle a perfectly acceptable purchase. (The only problem is that this rifle is horribly –and I think unjustifiably — expensive, even by Collector’s standards.)
Now… where are those lottery tickets?