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Old 05-13-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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czech 7.62x54r

is this stuff any good?
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:30 AM   #2
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The famed Czech Silvertip? Yes, very good surplus ammo, my M38 loves it.
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:25 AM   #3
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i do not know if it's the silver tip. i've heard of that.....sorta

the add says just reads 7.62x54r czech fmj steel cased, with a small pic....i can't see any silver tip. i'm guessing it's the other stuff light ball is it called?

local shop has an m44 and at less than 80 bucks i almost can't stand to pass on it.....if i can find cheap ammo to feed it. but i do not want a load of hang fires and just plain duds.

i was real close to picking up some of that paki .303, till i stumbled across reports of it's quality.
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Old 05-13-2007, 04:47 PM   #4
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I've fired the Czech and Hungarian ammo from my m-44 and it works fine. Accuracy is about average for the Czech stuff and I haven't had any troubles with it. I do have to say though that the Hungarian has a more pleasing muzzle flash from a short rifle like the m-44.
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:53 AM   #5
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There are essentially two regularly found loadings for the 7.62x54R. Light Ball at 145-150 grains, and Heavy Ball at 175-185 grains. Heavy ball was designed for longer ranges in machineguns. Both can be shot out of any Mosin Nagant rifle rated for smokeless powder.

The Light Ball was designed for rifles, and powder burns more completely in them than Heavy Ball. In the short barrelled M38 or M44, they will still produce a ball of flame. Heavy Ball looks a lot like the weapon exploded in the dusk.

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Old 06-05-2007, 11:09 PM   #6
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Heavy ball has more recoil to it I've found. You should not use heavy ball in any semi auto weapon. The famed czech silvertip, in my rifles, has a problem with the combination of lacquer and steel cases causing extraction problems. I have had one case get stuck and the extractor went right over the rim, and I had to wait 5 mins for the rifle to cool down and then the case slid right out. It is highly accurate stuff, some rifles just dont like it though. Good luck and good shooting.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:41 PM   #7
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I found the Czech to be average in accuracy but having issues with cases sticking in the chamber/hard extraction. Most of my Mosins don't do well with it. Now the Bulgarian HB brass is some outstanding stuff. Stay away from the Bulgarian LB brass. Issues with FTF, cracked cases and loose bullits. Hungarian rounds are good IMHO.
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