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 Originally made for Mosin-Nagants and other bolt-action rifles, it remains in service in Russia in the Dragunov sniper rifle and PKM machine gun.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 – 20 Rounds$11.85
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 20 Ammo Caliber 7.62x54r Manufacturer SKU TA762548 Primer Type Berdan Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 814950011012 Cost Per Round 59.3¢ per round
This 7.62x54R ammunition is a cost-effective range load suitable for Mosin-Nagants and PSLs. Each box contains 20 rounds.
Each cartridge in this box fires a 148 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 2,785 feet per second. This produces good midrange accuracy and typical external ballistics for the caliber.
Tula ammunition is loaded in Russia using non-corrosive Berdan primers and non-reloadable steel cases. The cases are polymer-coated for lower-friction feeding and ejection.