Czech "short-range" 7.62x54r ammo


Ad Astra
November 6, 2006, 09:08 PM
Anybody shot this recently? Not too much info out there on it.

Hollow-core (plastic core), 7.62x54r, gets over 3,000 fps, light recoil. Accurate enough; falls away dramatically at longer distances (which my range doesn't have).

Seems like 90%+ of my target shooting is at 100 yds & less. Also seems like, with light recoil, this might be good M-38 food. 44.8 grain slug, blistering 3,500 fps out of M91/30.

Hoping I like it. Brown just brought a ridiculous amount... was a cheap special at Century.

Anybody got this? Shot this? Like it?

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Carl N. Brown
November 6, 2006, 09:38 PM
A friend gave me a box of the very light 7.62x54R practice ammo.
He uses it in vintage military competitions at the local club and it
seems to give adequate accuracy to 100 yards. It obviously is
not a bear stopper but 44 grain at 3500 fps would be devstating
on varmints. My curiosity git the better of me, so I sectioned it:
added: at top, practice round left, standard round right for comparison
round construction appears to be metal jacket inside metal jacket, hollow

Ad Astra
November 6, 2006, 10:03 PM
Carl, good stuff and thanks. Haven't seen anyone shooting it yet, but my Century rep (Deanna) says people are buying it like any other ammo.

Neat look inside. :D Think I read it gives off a pretty good flash; makes sense based on your powder charge weights. That should translate into the claimed velocities...

Can only guess what will happen if this light, hollow bullet hits a hard target at 3,000+ fps. It should splat like a paintball! Or would it?

chestnut ridge
November 6, 2006, 10:27 PM
I have shot this short range 7.62x54R ammo. It is my favorite M-44
fodder; as I can blast 100 rounds down-range and not be crippled.
Also on water filled 2 liter bottles, the impact is much like a high velocity
22 cartridge. It is corrosive; but no problem.

November 6, 2006, 10:31 PM
It seemed to be just like you imagine: light-recoil, good enough accuracy to 100 yds or so. It seemed more corrosive than other surplus ammo fo rsome reason, even though it wasn't quite as old. I am not up on my dates of when corrosive primers went out of phase in czech practice ammo.

Obviously you wouldnt notice this in a bolt gun, but out of an sks the 7.62x39 variety using the same little projectile; a friend said he saw the action open a bit early and spit flames out of it! No one was hurt, though.
But unless its really REALLY hot loaded, wouldnt a smaller, lighter projectile exit the bore faster- and with less dwell time/back-pressure in the bore wouldnt the action stay closed? I dunno.

Still kinda neat-o ammo, though. And, as you said: cheap!


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