Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guns and Gear Test - Part One - 7.62x54r Ammo - Quantity vs. Quality

There’s an old saying “You get what you pay for.” This has held true for a lot of my firearms. They seem to give less trouble and provide additional reliability and accuracy when using quality ammo. My Mosin Nagant M91/30 should be no exception.

While surplus military ammo can be found at an inexpensive cost, much of it is corrosive (which requires special cleaning) or is Berdan primed and is not suitable for reloading. In order to see if quality ammo would make a significant difference in the accuracy of my Mosin Nagant, a decision was made to test some 7-62x54r 180 grain FMJ ammo  which was obtained from The ammo that is going to be tested is manufactured by Sellier & Bellot in Vlasim in the Czech Republic. They've been making ammo since 1825. 

There's also another important factor in using quality ammo, high quality brass casings are a lot more corrosion resistant which makes them more suitable for long term storage purposes. This is especially important when purchasing ammo in bulk quantities. 

The results will be posted in Part Two.

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

I agree, some of the very low priced surplus ammunition in the past has proven to have some flaws. One of my friends purchased some .30 carbine ammunition from the Phillapines which had major problems. This was way back in the 90's too, so not a recent thing.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

I eagerly await your results. Personally, my Russian and Yugo surplus 7.62x54r (sealed "spam cans", manufactured in the '80s) has all performed well and stored well in the humid South Texas climate in ammo boxes with dessicant bags. But immediate and thorough cleaning of the gun is required, which I do religiously. The barrels of my 91/30 and M44 are still in very good shape...

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:14

There's always the possibility that somewhere along the way storage conditions may not have been the best. This could cause problems but doesn't seem to be a regular occurrence with most bulk ammo that I've used.

Most bulk ammo for the Mosin Nagant runs about 40 to 50 cents per round while these new rounds cost a dollar. The extra cost is not a big factor or concern if you are into reloading.

The main reason for rounds that aren't re-loadable is that many European countries have a lot of restrictions on reloading and it isn't an option for a lot of people.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Craig

The barrel on my Mosin is in pretty decent shape as well but this isn't always the case with older rifles.

My main reason for trying some newer ammo is to see if there is a marked difference in the accuracy levels that can be achieved.

If they do turn out to make a difference in accuracy levels, then it would be worth the cost of a couple of hundred rounds of the good stuff.

Thanks Craig.


Oscar Taylor said...

I want to buy a survival guns. One that is not so expensive.

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