View Full Version : best bullet weight for 91/30 and SVT-40?

01-02-2011, 2:55 PM
Just picked these up. I'm seeing a lot of 146-150 and then some 180. Since I'm a total newb to these fine arms, any help from the experts? Favorite places to buy? Best disassembly and repair manuals and best places to buy?

01-02-2011, 3:35 PM
ppl say light ball is best in svts

01-02-2011, 3:41 PM
each rifle will like certain ammo, what is accurate in my SVT might not be in yours, same with Mosins, but 150gr is/was the standard ammo

Flyin Brian
01-02-2011, 4:46 PM
If you're planning to shoot surplus, you have 2 choices in bullet weight: Light ball (147-150) and heavy ball (180 or so). In my opinion, the best value in lightball is Russian LB copper washed steel cased and the best value in heavy ball is the YUGO brass cased. There are plenty of others to choose from, but from what I am seeing on the market right now, these 2 have been easy to find and very reliable. Unfortunately the Yugo HB may not be as easy to find in the past few months.

If you are reloading, you have even more choices. You can choose to load .308 bullets or .311/.312 etc. If you choose .308, you have a huge selection since that is such a popular size. If your bore has grooves on the larger size like .311 or .312 then you would be better off choosing .310+ size bullet, but they're harder to find and sometimes more expensive. When looking for a supplier, I generally look in the section marked 303 British or 7.7 Japanese and you can find bullets in the .311 size that are anywhere from 123gr to over 200.

Some of the best bullets I have used are Sierra Match King 174gr in .311 size, but they're listed as 303 on the box. They are super accurate in every Mosin I have fired them in, but I can't afford to shoot them much ;)

01-02-2011, 5:20 PM
Thanks very much for the info!

Does anyone have a favorite manual for the SVT?

01-02-2011, 10:17 PM
Disassembly w/pic rt side of the page

01-02-2011, 10:42 PM
FWIW, light ball shoots lower than heavy ball. Heavier round = longer in barrel and more subject to muzzle rise from recoil. Heavy ball will also kick the crap out of your shoulder with a 91/30 if shooting prone or from a bench.

01-03-2011, 12:18 PM
posted in wrong forum- oops

01-03-2011, 12:20 PM
Try some light ball, it should also have a higher initial velocity, or so I read.

01-03-2011, 5:56 PM
Nice find on the SVT-40, that is one of my dream guns.