Handload testing results_7.62x54r M39B Mosin


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_N4Z_
September 12, 2009, 03:54 PM
I've tried a few different loads since my last post.

Did a couple loads of 150gr, 174gr and 180gr rounds with IMR3031 powders, and Varget. Results were less than stellar. Had high hopes for the Varget with all the hype I read, but it did just OK.... So far.

This morning I revisited a couple loads I've used in the past, as well as a new one found on the net. Only made enough for 5 shot groups today, was lazy at the reload bench. :o

Anyway, first up was 150gr SierraSP over 47.3grIMR4320, necked PRVI, Fed210M prime, OAL 2.900", Lee fact. crimp. This was my new load for the day. Rifle used for all testing - 1942 M39B, 100 yards off a sandbag.

Results were dismal with a 5 inch vertical spread, and only 4 holes for 5 shots. Maybe I put 2 thru the same one... ;)


Next up was an old fav, 180gr Sierra SP over 46grIMR4320, necked PRVI, Fed210M, OAL 2.975", Lee fact. crimp.

Results were a 2.75" 5 shot group, with 4 of the 5 @ 1-1/16 of an inch! The one that flew was my fault and I knew when I did it. Too fast on the trigger. This really is a good performing load in this rifle. :)


Next up is another old fav, 180gr Sierra over 50grAA4350, necked PRVI, Fed210M, OAL 3.000", Lee fact. crimp.

Results were 1-7/8" 5 shot group. Ahhhh, that's a good feeling.
Below is a pic of the good targets, and the rifle, and a spot of my foot. :D

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f22/_n4z_/m39b_12sept09.jpg

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ZXD9
September 12, 2009, 05:52 PM
Good to see the old war horse is working good for you.

spartywrx
September 12, 2009, 06:28 PM
Nice stuff. I am in the market for a cheap Mosin, and I'm glad to see that they can be made accurate with tinkering.

Hey_Allen
September 12, 2009, 07:07 PM
I picked up a m91/30 from the local Big5 sporting goods for $99 just a week or two ago, and it shoots well, though I didn't get to put nearly enough rounds through it the one day I got to take it to the range.

Keep an eye on that chain, if you have them in your area!

soloban
September 12, 2009, 10:08 PM
Get a C&R license ($30 i think) and you can buy them off the internet from distributors and have it shipped right to your door...FWIW

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