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info on a mosin nagant 7.62X54R BA rifle,(russellville,al.)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lilbigun2958, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Lilbigun2958

    Lilbigun2958 New Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    I've traded up on a Russian mosin nagant 7.62X54R bolt action "1942" rifle recently.i don't want to get rid of it & I think i'm going to enjoy shooting it,but I would like to talk to someone about the ballistics & range it has.i do know one thing tho,lol,i'd hate to have to tote it around all day long,lol.one thing i'm thinking about is putting a clamp-on type of bi-pod on the end of the barrel & have a scope put on it for long range shooting.thanks.
  2. Jackal

    Jackal Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Northwest Washington
    Ballistics and range for practical purposes are the same as .308. They can be scoped, but the best scope mounts require permanent alteration of the rifle.
  3. Vaarok

    Vaarok Participating Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    Anything besides ammunition is a waste of time, money, and effort ninety-five percent of the time. These are fine rifles, but people try to make them into what they are not, and the results are uniformly hideous and unserviceable.

    Enjoy it as it is, they're an excellent firearm for what they're meant to be- indestructable, simple, and reliable.

    Also, while a 1942 date suggests common origins, advising caution gives you time to learn and possibly avoid ruining something potentially unusual and desireable through ignorance and eagerness to make it different.
  4. Tolkachi Robotnik

    Tolkachi Robotnik Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Long eye relief scopes are possible without alteration.

    You can order parts that replace the rear iron sight, from tickbitesupply.com and the rifle is not permanently altered. It will have a forward arrangement that looks a little funny, like some 'scout' rifles.

    I have put long eye relief scopes on two of these and the scopes make them more fun and accurate. They cost little and seem to work fine enough. I believe the one from tickbitesupply is better than the one I worked up by myself with a shotgun ProDiamond Simmons scope and an A-Square of B-Square mount, I forget which. It was ten years ago on the M44, and I've shot the rifle more than any centerfire rifle since, mainly because it is inexpensive to feed.

    The cartridges you get from Russia are usually pretty stout and the recoil can get a little tiresome. They are often 203 grains and steel cases. You would not want to try to load to that energy level yourself. I have a box of 150 grains that are too hot for my taste as well, made in Serbia maybe.

    The cartridge is very near .308 if you are using foreign sources of ammo. The rifles have no real history of failure and work under extreme conditions.

    I reload with 123 and 125 grain bullets designed for 7.62X39 cartridge and they are pleasant to shoot. I have also used these on deer successfully, with soft points.
  5. docsleepy

    docsleepy Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    You can even load these cases with 12-14 grains of Trail Boss and a 110 grain .308 bullet and it feels similar to a .22LR
  6. ball3006

    ball3006 Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Install a scout scope. I have done that to several of mine. You can either use a red dot or a long eye relief scope. I went the scope route because I had a few not being used. Darrell makes a good one. Just remove the rear sight and install.....chris3

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