View Full Version : What's your favorite x54R load for Mosins?

12-23-2010, 12:34 PM
I've only honestly have had to buy only one bulk pack of ammo since I've had the Mosin only for a couple months. Buying that ammo was luck of the draw; I ended up with Yugo PPU 182gr FMJBT brass cased ammo. I did shoot some 80s Albanian ammo once, but not enough to form an opinion.

I don't know if my ammo is "decent" or not since I have nothing to compare it to. But it is very clean and has only a few misfires. The stuff I have is dated 1976 and 1989.

I was wondering if the 440 round tin of Russian headstamp "188" is good for Mosins...

So what is your favorite load and why?

12-23-2010, 1:01 PM
My mosins eat anything. I don't care for the Winchester but the surplus I've used has all been fine - from 141grain to the Yugo. Alas, the Yugo is disappearing from what I've seen - Copes doesn't even answer pm's about restocking it and the only folks who currently have it is Widener's. Yugo being nonmagnetic it's nice for the forest in summer and some ranges. Russian, bulgarian, yugo, they all shoot great with little difference to my novice eyes despite their differences in load.

Lucky Scott
12-23-2010, 2:42 PM
I like the 1980's Russian the best. It is also the cheapest.

12-23-2010, 2:53 PM
Heavy ball for my Finns, and 147gr for my carbines. Czech silvertip is fun to shoot out of an M38 at dusk!

Flyin Brian
12-23-2010, 3:28 PM
I like the 1980's Russian the best. It is also the cheapest.

^^^ this stuff works great, cycles perfectly and it's the cheapest too.

I also shoot the Yugo but my stockpile is no longer a pile :(

12-23-2010, 3:59 PM
I just bought a few hundred rounds of the 179gr Egyptain ammo from Century. Although I cant tell a difference with it vs the 149/147grain stuff. It all seems to shoot high right. =/

12-23-2010, 6:17 PM
Silver tip for ripping thru steel targets/car doors/etc, for more accurate target shooting and plinking I like using a .310" 123gr SP Hornady bullet meant for 7.62x39 seated in neck-sized brass (formed to a specific chamber) with a fairly light load of Varget. The lighter round and less powder make for a really nice plinking round that doesn't bust your shoulder up like the 180gr+ heavy ball stuff. Love my Mosin!

12-23-2010, 6:48 PM
For my Mosins, I have two spam cans of, if I remember correctly, 1970's Russian. Never used it though, bought it just in case(of what I do not know). My mosins eat anything I feed them without problem, from brown bear to silver bear to wolf to winchester!
I have found that the wolf gold and winchester are not as accurate in my rifles(I purchased them for the brass).
As far as your question, the best I have gotten was from reloading, used 47.5grains of varget and 150gr Sierra bullet .311, it kept it around 2-3 inches at 100yds!

12-23-2010, 6:54 PM
My favorite Mosin food is anything that goes boom. Russian, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, whatever. If it goes boom, I'm usually pretty happy.

12-23-2010, 8:07 PM
when I first saw this I was getting ready to post a few of my favorite handloads. I loved the Czech Silvertip lightball, that stuff was accurate and reliable. Aint tried any russian or yugo yet. Got a bunch of Bulgarian light and heavy ball.

I do miss the days of $50-$60 spam cans of Albanian light ball, that stuff was actually real good ammo if you overlooked the dented cases.

12-23-2010, 8:14 PM
Yeah, I did buy 40 rounds of that Albanian light ball initially. When I shot it, I didn't know anything about real rifle shooting, as the Mosin was the first centerfire weapon I've owned.

I still have a couple of loose rounds of it. It didn't seem bad at all, and it's brass cased.

How's that Polish that comes on clips?

12-23-2010, 8:20 PM
How's that Polish that comes on clips?

Not bad, it's good for the price. I prefer Czech silvertip, but until I get more of it I've been using the Pole stuff.

12-23-2010, 9:24 PM
I miss the days when you could get the Albanian or Czech silvertip for $24.99 a can, 200rnd .308 SA battle packs at turners for $19.99, and wolf yellow box off the shelf for $1.49. M44's for $49.99, M39's for $89, VZ24's for $69.99. Ah, to be back in 2000 again. Would have stocked up a little more!

12-24-2010, 9:50 PM
Whatever I can find for cheap. Mine eat's anything.

12-24-2010, 10:42 PM
any of the silver tipped rounds in the green sealed ammo cans of 440 per..LOL
My old shoulder dislikes the punch of the heavy yellow tipped rounds.
With so much surplus out there at low prices I cannot see reloading for my mosin collection. I have a few tins of the so called sniper ammo from the 90s with a designation code of 7N1. I truly cannot see any difference in it and the silver tip from Russia.

12-25-2010, 9:20 AM
I have shot several types of ammo through my M39 and I think I like shooting the regular ComBloc Spam cans the best. They are accurate and cheap and they dont have quite the recoil of the other heavier loads.

Merry Xmas btw :p