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7.62 x 54 who shoots this?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JohnnyK, Mar 30, 2013.

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  1. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Member

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    I know of the Mosin nagant and PSL... but with all the cheap 7.62 x 54r out there (compared to .308) what other firearms shoot this? I'm getting tempted to buy a new rifle. one with greater capacity than 10 rounds... thanks... Johnny
     
  2. greenr18

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    Dragunovs, Romaks... not much else... PKMs?
     
  3. Sebastian the Ibis

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    pkm. look up trents thread.
     
  4. Steel Horse Rider

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    Dragunov's are great fun to shoot too!
     
  5. Ryanxia

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    They make a VEPR in 7.62x54r :D
     
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    svt's certainly do, but I don't shoot the cheap corrosive through mine. pain in the neck to clean. I would absolutely love to have a winchester russian contract lever action.
     
  7. ball3006

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    Russian surplus makes the best fireball out of the short Mosin rifles. I shoot it when I go to the range and end up on a bench next to bubba and his multi thousand dollar rifle.....hehehe....chris3
     
  8. BCRider

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    The surplus ammo might be cheap but that's about its only virtue. It's not the most consistent ammo by a long shot. And when you have a lack of consistency you end up with poor accuracy.

    Because the surplus ammo uses a copper washed mild steel jacket it also seems to copper foul the bore rather quickly. At least I know that on my Mosins the bore needs frequent cleaning with a copper solvent and that it becomes very fouled after even a few shots once clean.

    If you simply want to reduce your shooting cost then forget about the cheap military surplus ammo. Instead get yourself into reloading your own ammo. With a little practice and care you'll soon be able to reload match grade accracy ammo for only a few pennys per round more than what it costs to buy the cheap milsurp stuff.
     
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    Another one that shoots it is the 1895 Winchester lever action. 7.62x54R and 303 British were two of the many chamberings in which it came. I'd love to get one of them in 7.62x54R, but they're a little hard to find and rather expensive. 300,000 were produced, but I don't know how many are still around. It's a lever action with a charger guide and can take a bayonet. What more could you want? (At least for a collector.)

    Matt
     
  10. InkEd

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    Except you can't find brass, bullets or primers for popular calibers. :rolleyes:

    The ammo is 7.62x54r is cheap and 5.45x39 is too. Problem is anything you would want to shoot either from is ridiculous priced right now. Even $95 Mosins are going for $200.
     
  11. Adam123

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    I shoot 54R...

    VEPR 7.62x54R

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    My Finn M39 COULD be fired with that cheap stuff, but I like and respect the gun too much.

    -And this is a case where ten rounds is just right!
     
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    That thing is a beast!
     
  14. Loosenock

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    I think a single shot Handy Rifle style of rifle chambered in 54R would sell like hot cakes.

    'loose
     
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    I owned Mosin type rifles for a good number of years. Sold all several years ago. Now if you ever run across 7.62x54R ammo made in China, buy it. I had cases of the stuff and it shot great. Dead on with the Finn M39. Copper jacketed and copper cases. I consigned 3 cases out with my gunsmith and it sat around for about a year. People were buying the Russian stuff but were not interested in the China product. Finally one guy bought a can. Next day in came in bought the other two. Told the smith it was the best stuff he had ever run thru his Mosins.
     
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    I like the 7.62x39 myself.
     
  17. zoom6zoom

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    It's a great round. We didn't always have cheap surplus. Back when I bought my first Mosin, the only ammo available was Norma at near a buck a round.

    I've got plenty of choices I can shoot this in. PSL, SVT-40, VEPR which is currently being modified to a Dragunov clone. Not going to try to count my bolt actions in this caliber. Oh, here's a fun one... Finnish M28/76.
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    BCRider:
    It's impossible for me to figure that reloading 7.62x54R would be cheaper than buying surplus in the US, even months Before the panic hit.

    About a year ago, an 8-lb. jug of IMR 4064 at a gun show in the south was about $160.
    If really cheap bullets Again became available with powder at normal prices, then it is possible for people with lucky connections.
     
  19. 7.62 Nato

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  20. Jackal

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    Grab a Finn M39. Who needs another x54 when its the best?
     
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    I do

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  22. JohnnyK

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    nice vepr adam123!!!
     
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    Ignition Overide, I think you misread what I wrote. I didn't say it was cheaper to reload. Just not more than a small amount more.

    I don't know the prices in the US when it's not in panic mode but up here my SPAM cans of milsurp cost me 39 cents each delived to my hot little hands.

    The cost for reloaded ammo, brass cost not included because it can last so long, is currently 24 cents for a gas checked cast bullet or 30 cents for a jacketed bullet, 4 cents for a primer and somewhere around 20 cents for powder. That's 48 to 50 cents per round for reloaded. And given that my reloaded rounds would be like custom match grade consistency compared to the milsurp quality I'd say that the extra 9 to 12 cents per round is money well spent.
     
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    We'll...best bolt gun? Yup.

    Hard not to smile while banging away on a nice vepr though.
     
  25. Ian

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    It's good for some belt fed guns - I run 7.62x54R in my Vickers. Way, WAY cheaper than .303. I have a big stash of Czech surplus, which was corrosive but high quality.
     
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