Took the new to me 1944 mod 98 German Mauser to the blm today. Found some surplus 7.92 x 57 ball ammo for 9.99 a box of 20. Shot 45 rounds thru her today with absolutely no issues. This thing kicks like a mule!! I can't imagine having to carry this rifle around all day much less fire it all day long. Also, I must suck something awefull at sighting in scopes, cuz I could barely get it on paper at 75 yds. I started out at 300 yds with my 6" gong and never hit it. I put up a target at 150 yds and still couldn't hit it. At 75 yds i was on paper, but I never did get it zeroed. Regardless, This is the most powerful rifle iv'e had the pleasure of shooting, and what a blast! 70yrs old and still operates flawlessly. I hope i'm in half as good a shape when i'm that age. Oh, and I found out the significance of the turquoise on the stock. According to the guy at the lgs where I bought my ammo, Navajo Indians believe that turquoise on your gun stock will keep you from getting struck by lightning while your hunting. He also thought that the tooth was an elk tooth. Thats my story and i'm stickin to it!