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 Originally made for Mosin-Nagants and other bolt-action rifles, it remains in service in Russia in the Dragunov sniper rifle and PKM machine gun.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.
Tula Cartridge Works 7.62x54r 148 Grain FMJ – 500 Rounds$329.85
Manufacturer Tula Cartridge Works 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 TA762548 Primer Type Berdan Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 814950016017 Cost Per Round 66.0¢ per round
If you count a Mosin-Nagant or a PSL among your go-to rifles for target shooting, grab this 500 round case of 7.62x54R ammunition from Tula. This ammo offers good long-range performance at a reasonable price.
Each round in this case fires a 148 grain full metal jacket bullet at 2,785 feet per second.
This ammo is manufactured in Tula, Russia and uses non-corrosive Berdan primers and non-reloadable steel cases. The cases deliver reliable cycling with the help of polymer coatings, which do not produce the fouling of earlier lacquer coatings while still providing excellent friction reduction.