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Reloading 7.62x54r

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by THOR5624, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know the proper length of a 7.62x54r loaded round? Dont want to seat the bullet too shallow or too deep. Got some calipers on the way. Here they are great for measurments. Also, what dies should i purchase for the Lee Classic Cast single-stage press? Thanks.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes I do!
    The proper length depends entirely on what bullet you are using.

    The reloading manual you ordered will have that info in it, and you hopefully won't be seating any bullets before you get the manual and read it.

    I thought we just covered what dies you need in your other thread.
    Any brand of full-length sizing 7.62x54R dies will do just fine.
    You makes your choice and you pays your money.

  3. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

  4. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    It's likely to be about 3.038", or something slightly less.


    If you don’t like Wikipedia, there are other sites you can use to find cartridge dimensions. Wiki is just the easiest for the common ones.
  5. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    3" is typical, but your load manual will have the specific recommended max OAL.
  6. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

  7. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    OMG! All the bullets in the manual I got are .308. I thought most of you told me to load .311

    Is the C.O.A.L. the measurments I should put in the caliper after the bullet is seated to check if its seated far enough? I am disappointed in this manual!!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  8. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Only the Finnish Mosins were barreled to .308, all other Mosins, including yours, use .310-.312 bullets. Your .311 Sierra bullets that you ordered will be fine. Be aware that those bullets are target bullets, not hunting bullets.

    You have got a lot to learn, so you need to start reading.

  9. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    The maunual here has all the loads for .308 not .311. how do i know what charge to put in now?
  10. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    It barely shows what the COAL is! Says the max is 3.057. That the numbers to put in the caliper to see if the bullet is seated far enough?
  11. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

  12. Kernel

    Kernel Well-Known Member

    Thor, one old handloader rule-of-thumb is to load your bullets "one caliber" deep. Meaning you’d load your bullets so 0.311” of it is inside the case. So, measure your bullet’s OAL. Subtract 0.311” from that number. Add the remainder to the length of your cases. THAT’S your new COAL! Check to make sure you’re not jamming the bullet into the lands, the loaded cartridge will fit the magazine & cycle thru the action, and away you go.
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You use the same load data for either bullet dia..
    You start with the listed Starting load, and work your way up.
    But I thought sure you were getting the Lyman #49 manual?
    And it lists nothing but .311" and 312" jacketed Sierra & Hornady bullets.

    It should show the SAAMI max length as 3.037", Not 3.057".

    The actual seating depth for each bullet weight is shown with the data for each bullet weight.

    You don't "put the number in the caliper".
    First, you zero the caliper with it fully closed.
    Then, you measure the load, and read what the length is it tells you.

  14. woodsoup

    woodsoup Well-Known Member

    Like I said on his other thread...

    Sorry Fellas, but this guy scares the bejezzus out of me.

    Someone in Texas needs to help him out before he hurts himself!!

    Thor, you need to STOP trying to run and learn how to crawl first.
  15. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    I just ordered the Lyman #49 manual. Hopefully it helps my stupidity. Just new to this. Plus i just ordered the correct dies for my caliber from Lee. Now I just need a good table and the press :)
  16. Jeff H

    Jeff H Well-Known Member

    Were you never new at something with an insatiable thirst for knowledge about something you want to know something about?

    At least he is comming here and asking the questions instead of winging it.
  17. soloban

    soloban Well-Known Member

    Be aware that the Lee dies have a .308 Expander in them. You need to order the expander for a .303 British die if you want to expand the case mouths to .311
  18. Gadzooks Mike

    Gadzooks Mike Well-Known Member

    Thor, I too am asking you to slow down a bit. Get the book, lean back in a comfy chair, and spend some time reading. Questions are good, but it almost seems as if you're asking for details but missing the bigger picture. Nobody wants anyone to get hurt, and with this hobby it's easy to do if you're not careful. Really careful. Everyone here will be glad to answer questions and lend assistance and they'll do it all day long for you and anyone who asks. But in return, they also want you to be safe. I'll feel better, and I think there are also others here who will feel better if you'll slow down a bit. Please?
  19. THOR5624

    THOR5624 Well-Known Member

    lol i will do that.just things in my future in december may prevent me from doing the things i love. i am really interested in my rifle and shooting it. about to enroll in a gunsmithing training school from penn foster.
  20. OYE

    OYE Well-Known Member

    The Hornady manuals only use .308 bullets in the 7.62 X 54R. They do not mention any
    other bullet diameter for that cartridge.

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