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Handload testing results_7.62x54r M39B Mosin

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by _N4Z_, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. _N4Z_

    _N4Z_ Participating Member

    Jun 6, 2005
    Michigander lost in... The Yonders, Oklahoma
    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. :eek:

    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

  2. ZXD9

    ZXD9 Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    Good to see the old war horse is working good for you.
  3. spartywrx

    spartywrx Member

    Nov 20, 2008
    Rust Belt
    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.
  4. Hey_Allen

    Hey_Allen New Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    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!
  5. soloban

    soloban Member

    Sep 8, 2009
    Madison, AL
    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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