CZ 537 7x57mm or Musgrave Mauser .30-06 ?

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The saga continues !
The CZ 537 is in very good condition, crown/barrel graded 8/10. I have a CZ 550 in .270 and they look the same, however doe the CZ 537 have slimmer barrels and does the barrel twist rate stabilise the heavier 7mm bullets ?
The Musgarve is like brand new with a new bore, I'm very interested in this as it's built on a German made Mauser (action marked "bdo" being the factory code and "43" being the year of assembly)
I know I can't legally use my .270 in Tanzania so will need another rifle thus its between these two, money wise there is very little in it.
Help me decide, I love the idea of using the classic calibre 7x57/.275 Rigby however I like the idea of the huge selection of bullet weights for the .30-06 and its is a genuine German made Mauser action.
This rifle will be used back home mostly for deer from roe to red.
I look forward to any observations and advice.
Thanks
Garry
 

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Gary, get yourself the .30-'06... I have the 7x64 and if I was doing it all again I'd go .30-'06 (plus, a Mauser, in the former colony of German East Africa / Tanganika... you know this needs to be done!)
 

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Would like to see a pic of the Musgrave, they are rarely seen in the states, and the ones I have seen pictures of used a commercial Mauser action not an ex military. As far as which one, I would probably opt for the '06 as it is simply more capable and the rifle is more rare as well. Pictures!!:D
 

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I will be replacing the scope and probably mounts as well. Will not be having it screwed for a suppresser and will retain the open sights, if I decide to get it !
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+1 for the Mauser '06.
 

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Musgrave 30-06. My PH in Namibia had a Musgrave, I liked it a lot. And among it's other fine attributes Hemingway took an 06 to Tanzania both times he was there.
 

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Picked up this FN 30-06 at a pawn shop for 225 $ !!!! It was dirty as hell and literally looked like it hadn't been cleaned in 30 years but what a gem, it had a cheap Simmons scope but with the $ saved from buying used in a pawn shop I have $ for a good optic
 

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Some more images for Musgrave fans.

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I would go with the 30-06. We just tried the 220grain bullets, knocked 3 sable down without a problem.
 

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I would go with the 30-06. We just tried the 220grain bullets, knocked 3 sable down without a problem.
 

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Sable can be tough too. If your first shot is iffy, they can soak up a lot of lead.
 

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@sestoppelman , very true, sable can take a beating. I was impressed with the 220 grain performance.
 

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Thanks for all the advice, I've bought the Musgrave. The story is the rifles owner left South Africa to live in UK and was granted a firearms certificate to bring it over.
However due to never using it when he applied for a renewal he was told that he wouldn't be allowed to keep it and should dispose of it.
Now to see how long Police Scotland will take with my variation.
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Garry
 

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Good decision and sensible buy. After having a 7x57 for eight years I wouldn't use it on anything over Red deer in size (for which it was perfect). The .30-06 will give you more versatility in Africa.
 

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Congrats, hope it brings you many years of happy hunting.
 

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