Introduced in 1891, 7.62x54r ammo is the oldest cartridge still serving in military use in the world. Originally made for Mosin-Nagants and other bolt-action rifles, it remains in service in Russia in the Dragunov sniper rifle and PKM machine gun.
Typical loads that you'll find for sale in this caliber fire a heavy 150 or 180 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity betwee 2,600 and 2,900 feet per second, with excellent long-range potential.
While bulk, surplus ammo is available for this caliber, much of it is corrosive and seems to be getting harder and harder to find. New production ammunition from Wolf and Barnaul's Bear series offers a non-corrosive alternative, while those who prefer brass-cased ammo will want to check out in-stock loads from Prvi Partizan or Sellier & Bellot. Soft point bullets are an excellent, cost-effective choice for hunting.
Red Army Standard 7.62x54r 148 Grain FMJ – 500 Rounds$349.85
Manufacturer Red Army Standard Condition New Bullet Weight 148 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Steel Quantity 500 Ammo Caliber 7.62x54r Manufacturer SKU AM3093 Primer Type Berdan Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode R072520206678 Cost Per Round 70.0¢ per round
Keep your Mosin-Nagant game strong, comrade. Red Army Standard’s 7.62x54r ammunition is loaded with steel cases and bi-metal jacketed projectiles. You’re barely paying for any copper when you order this ammo, which means it’s going to go easy on the old bank account!
Those affordable components do come with tradeoffs, though. Steel cases can’t expand to seal off the chamber as effectively as brass ones, so you’re probably going to notice more carbon fouling in your action after the target session has reached its conclusion. Steel cases are also unusable as handloading components, which makes this ammo a one and done kind of deal.
This ammo’s 148 grain full metal jackets are hard enough to avoid becoming deformed under pressure, so they offer consistent accuracy. But because the lead-core bullets’ bi-metal jackets are primarily made of steel, they can attract a magnet and are accordingly banned by many commercial ranges. We recommend asking your range about their magnetic ammo policy before you invest in a whole case of Red Army Standard ammo!
Red Army Standard ammunition is made in Russia by Tula, and it’s sold in the USA by Century International Arms. The real Russian army never had anything to do with this ammo, so you can rest assured its noncorrosive Berdan primers won’t damage your rifle.
Sellier & Bellot 7.62x54r 174 Grain HP-BT - 20 Rounds$38.85
Manufacturer Sellier & Bellot Condition New Bullet Weight 174 Grain Bullet Type Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) Use Type home defense Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 7.62x54r Manufacturer SKU SB76254RC Primer Type Boxer UPC Barcode 754908511150 Cost Per Round $1.94 per round
This is a great round for home defense. From Sellier & Bellot, this 7.62x54r ammunition is New with a Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) 174 Grain bullet. You'll get 20 rounds of Brass cased ammo that's ready for your next trip out to shoot. Like every round for sale, we stand behind this ammo and have your back so rest assured you're not only getting a good deal, you're getting the peace of mind that comes along with a trusted supplier.