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  • 7.62x54R bullet ID

    I bought some 7.62x54R a while back and I don't remember what type bullet it has. The ammo is about 1950 vintage USSR production and app 150 grain. It is still in the tin, in the crate and I prefer to not take it out of the tin.

    How can I tell if it is lead or steel core?

    I wanted to get some 7.62x54R AP and got to thinking that I might already have some.

    Thx-Ace

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    Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

    About the only way to tell if it's steel core is to pull a bullet and section it.

    Cutting the bullet in half down the middle (short way, through the center of the diameter) will tell you if it's a steel core or just a steel jacket.

    Beyond that, the hardness of the core takes testing to determine what it actually is. If we can ever get Management out of our hair, I'd offer to do it for you if you send me one, but they are like flies on a crap pile this month, so it'd probably take a while.
    Alle Kunst ist umsunst Wenn ein Engel auf das Zundloch brunzet (All skill is in vain if an angel pisses down the touch-hole of your musket.) Old German Folk Wisdom.

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    • #3
      Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

      I don't want to open the can... The wooden crate says 7.62 (backwards N, Backwards 7, doublesided K). There are other markings on the crate. I think it was actually mfg back in the late 40s, not 50s. I bought it from AIM last fall? Thx-Ace

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      • #4
        Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

        http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinAmmoID01.htm

        7N (sure it's not a 57N?) is probably silver tip steel/lead core LPS, but I would have to see the stuff to be certain. Asilver stripe on the outside of the can or crate should be a clue.

        How sure are you of the manufacturing date?
        Last edited by CAMPYBOB; March 31st, 2009, 05:50.

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        • #5
          Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

          I thought it was probably (mild) steel core (LPS). It would work ok for just in case but my ideal is to have some soft point and AP.

          There is no strype on the crate. The crate is not painted like most of these commie crates, it is just plain wood with stencled info on the end. There is more written on the crate I don't read russian.

          I bought this ammo from AIM last fall? They advertised it as late 40s vintage 150gr (147,148,? I forgot) USSR ammo and it was cheap. I bought it mostly because I thought it was neat to have some ammo from the WWII era (or just after). I think it was made in 45 because that is stamped on the crate in several locations.

          I would really like is some 7.62x54R AP ammo. It is identified by the black tip I understand. How would I identified the crate if I find it? Anyone know where I can get some?

          Thx-Ace
          Last edited by acem; March 31st, 2009, 07:26.

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          • #6
            Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

            Look for a black stripe on the case/tin and use the ammo codes provided on the link I furnished to verify/I.D.

            I don't believe I've seen any AP 54R for sale in my area, but have reported small amounts of B30 AP having been imported.

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            • #7
              Re: 7.62x54R bullet ID

              I have some images but need a host to post them on (photobucket, etc). I prefer someplace that is gun friendly and compatable with a SLOW connection. Any recomendations? Thx-Ace

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