I had a 93 mauser sporter in 7x57 and it was a nice shooting rifle. I got it after watching a guy use an unmodified 1893 to shoot a running deer at about 200 yards with FMJ ammo (not the best for hunting). He fired 4 shots and hit the deer 3 times in the lungs. I could cover all three shots with my hand. He missed the 4th shot as the deer jumped a fence and collapsed on the other side. The deer probably would of dropped faster if he would of used expanding bullets. After that I shot the rifle and was suprized on the mild recoil. I ended up selling my 7x57 years later when I lived in a shotgun only state. Right now I'm debating putting a 7x57 on a 1891 mauser or putting on an octagon barrel in 250 savage. Can't seem to find a 7mm octagon barrel at a reasonable cost or I'd go that route in a heartbeat.