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Prvi Partizan 7.5 Swiss 174 grain soft point factory loads for deer?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Swampman, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

    My son recently left home to attend college up north. He took his 1948 manufactured Swiss K31 rifle with him to use while deer hunting with friends.
    Unfortunately, we never had a chance to work up a load for the rifle, so he'll be hunting with Prvi Partizan 174 grain soft point factory loads. The intended game will be whitetail deer, probably in northern Wisconsin and thus considerably larger than our East Texas deer.
    Neither my son or I have done any hunting with this ammunition/bullet and I was wondering if anyone had any experience on game with the Prvi Partizan 174 grain soft point factory loads in 7.5 Swiss that they could share.
    My worry is that since this appears to be the only caliber that Prvi uses this bullet in, they may not have done as much testing/research as they do with more popular calibers and bullets.
  2. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    Worked fine for me & my K31 last year at about 125yds. on a CT doe.

    It's not as accurate as GP11, but what else is? It's still on par accuracy-wise with some of my Enfields, Mausers, etc. with worked up hand loads.
  3. Screamin'Eagle

    Screamin'Eagle Well-Known Member

    I can't see any reason a 174gr soft point will have any problem with a northern WI sized deer. Last year I used a Remington 700 in 308win with 150gr soft points to take two northern WI deer-a buck and a doe. There are large numbers up here and in some northern WI counties there are bonus doe tags, but chances are he will have to see 5 deer or more before he sees one that has some real big size to it. My brother saw three or four but didn't take any because they weren't "big enough" for him.

    Prvi is known for decent quality ammo, so I can't believe that should be too much concern either.
  4. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

    I guess I'm kind of a bullet snob, I mostly use Nosler Partitions or Partition Golds when hunting large game. I had actually intended to give my son some very accurate 150 grain Partition Gold handloads that I had worked up for my 1934 built K31. Unfortunately, the leade on his rifle is considerably shorter or less eroded than mine, enough so that the rounds wouldn't even chamber in his rifle.
    I've never had any problems with Prvi ammo, it's just that I honestly haven't ever used any of their bullets on game and as I mentioned before, this bullet seems to be unique to their 7.5 Swiss loads. My concern was that they may have worried more about form (ie: proper ogive taper to fit the leade), rather than effectiveness on game.
    Thanks for your help and information.

    Anyone else?
  5. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    I tried Prvi 6.5x55 on deer once, broke the shoulder socket, expanded nicely (destroyed the heart and lungs) and left a 2" exit would. Poor deer did not make it 10 feet, not bad for a modest 2500fps, I would use again without hesitation. I am sure their 7.5 Swiss is ever bit as good.
  6. interlock

    interlock Well-Known Member

    privi is pretty good. in the uk it is popular. it is tempting for me to stop reloading and just buy privi
  7. ssyoumans

    ssyoumans Well-Known Member

    The Prvi shoots very well out of my K31. Ran 2516 fps for 2447 ft lbs. Had a 8 shot ES of 42 fps which is more than acceptable. GP-11 ran 2556 fps with an ES of 25 fps.

    Very popular ammo in Europe, but I haven't personally hunted with any, but would not hesitate to do so. My K31 is one of my most accurate mil-surp rifles. Only my M1 Garand seems to be able to best it.
  8. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    My 1955 K31 is sighted in with Hornady 174 gr SP. On sandbag at 100 yds, its 1.5 inch group. Good enough especially i intend to shoot within 150 yds or less using the open sights. UP to now i havent used it for deer or hog hunting. Too many guns , hehee
  9. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member


    I haven't used it in the particular caliber you referred to but I have in both the 6.5x55 and the .308 with great results. The 140gr in the 6.5 is the most accurate load we have ever shot from that particular rifle, and the oldest grandson dropped a NICE doe with it just before his 8th or 9th birthday. (darned kids grow so fast I can't keep up)

    I used up a couple of boxes of the 150gr .308's on the hogs and while they weren't Core Lokts, they did the job admirably. I didn't have to chase anything that was hit solid for sure.

    The ONLY thing I might hold against them is they seemed to be just a touch fragile from what I was used to. They usually exited but they did need a good trim job.

    Other than that, and with the much heavier and longer bullet your son will be using I doubt he will have any issues. One thing for sure and certain, if they hit where he is aiming he is going to be dressing out a deer.

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