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7.62 x 53

Discussion in 'Ammunition Wanted' started by DruDownK6, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. DruDownK6

    DruDownK6 Seattle New Member

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    Anyone have any they can part with? or know where I can find some? seems to be very rare and hard to come by.
     
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    saxon springfield Active Member

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    Mark7670 Oregon New Member

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    7.62x53 is the Finnish designation for 7.62x54 it is the same ammo and is interchangeable
     
  4. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Mark I used to think the same thing but no longer. The two cartridges are ALMOST the same but they are different and made to different specs.

    Wikipedia does an excellent job in listing the differences between the two cartridges and, in my opinion, is worth the read.

    Basically the 7.62x53R with its .308 bullet should chamber and safely shoot through all rifles chambered for 7.62x54R but accuracy might be lacking.

    The 7.62x54R with its .311 bullet MIGHT NOT do the same through a 7.62x53R rifle.

    Lapua makes 7.62x53R ammo but it is spendy stuff. I would slug my bore before I made a final decision on shooting 7.62x54R through a Finnish rifle.

    To confuse the issue even more the Finns made some types rifles that were designed to shoot 7.62x54R ammo as they anticipated being able to use captured russian stocks. The M-39 comes to mind.
     
  5. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, no. My M28/76 chambers 7.62x53r, but nor x54r. Its the .308 vs. the .311 thing, as mentioned above.

    Finding x53r is problematic at best. I purchase the Lapua mentioned above, at about $2.50 a pop for a complete cartridge. The brass cases make reloading a less costly alternative, if you are into that. You could also probably pull the bullets off of standard surplus ammunition and resize the case with properly sized bullets, but I've never done this.

    What I buy: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=718056

    What may also work (it says .308 bullet, so it should): http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=283088

    Keith
     
  6. DruDownK6

    DruDownK6 Seattle New Member

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    THanks for the info guys, much appreciated. Now I need to apply for a friggen loan just to buy a good amount!
     
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    saxon springfield Active Member

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    if you can find hungarian or was it albainian brass cased ammo it is a 308 and not 310 or 311