Hi - I have a question regarding 7mm ammunition for the M.95 Pattern Mauser as used by the Boer forces. Could anybody vouch for the veracity of the following statement. Any comments most welcome:
‘The 7 mm Mauser cartridge (7x57) was developed by Mauser and initially adopted by Spain in 1892. An excellent .
Military cartridge, it was soon adopted by the Boer authorities in South Africa (Transvaal, and Orange Free State ),
Mexico, Serbia, Cuba and a number of South American countries, mostly in Mauser pattern rifles. (M.95).
Most if not all of these would have received ammunition from the German manufacturer Deutsche Waffen
Munition (DWM) during the latter half of the 1890’s, at least until they could build up their own production.’
During an archaeological excavation on Salisbury Plain in England, on an area of the large military training here, a single un-fired DWM Mauser round was recovered (headstamp DM 1896 K). There is no logical explanation how this got here other than perhaps a souvenir or potentially a trials round. It was found however in a dry training area with no history of live firing ever having occurred there. It had been there for a long time as it was heavily corroded. It may of course just been discarded there to get rid of. I did ask the redoubtable Tony Edwards when he was still with us and he could only confirm that we did trial this rifle.
I am writing up a report on the finds of which this is one and would like to seek the expert opinion on this forum.