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Help with a reload for 7.62x54r

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tmccray45, Apr 6, 2007.

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  1. tmccray45

    tmccray45 Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Historic Maryland
    Two days ago, I took my "new" M44 to the range for the first time and was amazed with the flame that came out the muzzle and the extremely loud boom that accompanied. Because I had read posts from others that had fired their Mosin-Nagant, I had prepared myself for the recoil (and honestly did not think it was too bad), but not for the stupid amount of noise. . . I realize that it's got a 20-inch barrel and that therefore, there is going to be more noise that is closer to my ears, but in spite of the fact that I had my ear muffs on, my right ear rang for a bit afterwards. I don't want to give up on the rifle, but I've got to do something.

    As a consequence of my time at the range, I now have some brass for reloading and here's my request: Does anyone have a "reduced load" receipt for the M44? Something on the order of Remington's "Managed-Recoil" series? If not a "Managed-Recoil" load, how much can I safely reduce a published load?

    If you feel uncomfortable posting your own receipt, could you point me to a site that might have a reduced load?

    I doubt that I'll use this for anything more than drilling holes in paper. I have a .243, .25-06, .270, and .308 for walking-around-in-the-woods, and I'm gonna need a scope on the M44 if I decide to do anything THAT serious.

    Thank you.
  2. armoredman

    armoredman Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Sure. Slugging your bore with a soft lead slug will give you correct bore diameter for reloading, as some Mosin bores range from .310 to .315.
    My 91/30 is fond of the Hornady .312 diameter 150gr Soft Point, over 39 grains of H-4895, overall length of 2.850, light Lee Factory Crimp, Graf brass, CCI 200 rifle primers. Reloading data is provided for academic purposes only, use of same is at own risk. I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV.:neener:
    Have fun with Uncle Ivans' shoulder relocator!
  3. goon

    goon Member

    Jan 20, 2003
    You might try some 123 grain bullets intended for the 7.62x39mm as well. If they fit your bore they can be made into some cool light recoiling loads.
    If you get your hands on a Lee manual they have some data and guidelines for making reduced loads.
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