I've been wanting to get a 8x57 Mauser for awhile but have been wondering what the integrity of these surplus actions (mainly imported by Century Arms I suspect) are with factory and mil-surplus loads? I've seen some VZ-24 and other variants at some of the local sporting emporiums but was not sure as to how strong the actions would be. Given the wood looked a bit scarred I wonder how good the action would still be, also given that advertising mentioned "collectible" and not much said about shootable ... Can anyone give me some idea of where a good place(s) would be to look for a 8mm shooter in reasonable condition? Not wanting to customize or collect, just want something fun to shoot or different to tote in deer season when the mood strikes. Have considered some of the local gun shows as a number of dealers seem to carry them for $180-250 but here again would appreciate some advice from folks in the know.