7.62 x 54R Ammo

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7.62x54r ammunition has reliably armed shooters for generations with a history dating back to 1891. Today, the Russian military still uses 7.62x54r rounds in various sniper rifles and shooters all over the world enjoy firing the round at the range and in the field.

7.62x54mmR Ammunition: More Information

With Russian roots and the longest military service life of any caliber in the history of firearms, odds are you’ve at least heard of a Mosin Nagant rifle and 7.62x54r ammo.

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Today, the cartridge is not nearly as popular among the world’s militaries as it once was but 7.62x54 Russian is still used by snipers, particularly in the former Soviet Union.

Ballistically, 7.62x54r offers stronger performance than .308 and you’ll find the rounds with bullets ranging from 150 grain to 181 grain. The lighter projectiles typically exhibit a muzzle velocity of about 2,800 feet per second while the heavier bullets travel at about 2,600 feet per second from the barrel.

7N1 Ammunition: Many snipers prefer to use 7.62x54r rounds known as “7N1”. These rounds are a match-grade round that uses extruded powder instead of ball propellant. These specialty rounds also have a boat-tail jacket with an air pocket paired with a steel core and lead knocker in the base of the round that delivers maximum terminal effect. If you’re not sure if you have standard 7.62x54r ammo or 7N1, check the headstamp. Most sniper rounds are designated as such by the number “188” on the headstamp, along with the year the round was made.

Most of the surplus rounds AmmoMan.com gets in stock and is able to offer for sale have a berdan primers which makes it pretty challenging for reloaders. With that in mind, there are boxer primed 7.62x54r rounds, they just aren’t plentiful.

Today, many recreational shooters find 7.62x54r to be an economical round for hours of range time but the round can also be used to successfully bag medium to large sized game, like deer.