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Load Question for 7.62X54R

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jpmaro83, Feb 19, 2008.

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  1. jpmaro83

    jpmaro83 Member

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    I found this site with some different loads for 7.62X54R ammunition.
    I will most likely be shooting a Mosin-Nagant M44

    Are these rounds too powerful for the M44?

    Hornady SP 123 grain bullet
    .310" bullet diameter
    2.654" overall cartridge length
    BL-C2 Powder
    55.6 Charge
    CCI 250 primer
    3323 muzzle velocity
    3017 muzzle energy
    http://www.realguns.com/loads/762x54r.htm
     
  2. xsquidgator

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    I think you're ok. For my M44 I've gone up to 56.0 grains of BL-C(2) under a 125JSP bullet and OAL of 2.715" (to match cannulure in bullet) without problems or pressure signs. This using 0.311" bullets. I worked up from a starting load down around in the upper 40s if I recall correctly. Winchester and Federal LR primers.

    Caveats- have you slugged your bore to verify you can use 0.310 or 0.311" bullets? Should be ok but IIRC you want to make sure you don't somehow maybe have a Finn Mosin that's 0.308" Don't know if there are any Finn M44s but that's one thing good to do.
     
  3. jpmaro83

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    Thanks for the input. Mine is a Russian make. I already Slugged it and it will accept the .310". Many sites say the barrels vary from .310 to .314 for bullet fit and they were aiming for .310" with the design. Guess I got a good gun? Groupings will tell the tale.
     
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    I don't know about the powder you've asked about, but just doing a quick eyeball of Hornady's data for that bullet it looks to me like you're going to be about 200 fps faster than any of their "max" loads. It's possible that the powder gives you that but I think i'd probably back off of that load as a starting point. FWIW.

    http://www.fahringer.net/x/123gr.pdf

    Have a good one,
    Dave
     
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