The 7.62x54r can be found in a 150 grain or 180 grain soft point bullet. You can find this ammo on the web at numerous sites. Cabelas also carries this rifle and several different manufactures of ammo for it. I started to get fascinated with the mosin nagant after watching the movie enemy at the gates. Then I found out you could acquire one for under 100 dollars and one of my friends said you know that would be an excellent hunting rifle. I was sold.
I purchased my nagant at JandG gun sales. For an extra 10 dollars they give you the nicest bore in the warehouse and it is well worth it.
corrosive ammo is cheap accurate and easy to obtain. to clean corrosive salts out of your gun use ammonia based windex. This will neutralize the corrosive salts then clean it the regular way. I do not use corrosive ammo in my nagant I feel regular ammo is priced decent and is higher quality. Ive ordered mine through, Cabelas JandG gun sales and Cheaper than Dirt.
The 7.62x54r is a big game caliber its has knock down power similar to the 308, 270, or 30-06
Top Chart shows bullet drop of a 150 grain bullet.
Bottom chart shows ballistics of a Sellier Bellot 180 grain soft point 7.62x54r shot from a 22 inch barrel
Yards Velocity fps Energy Ft/lbs
muzzle 2624 2753
100 2311 2135
200 2019 1630
300 1752 1227
Also if you are looking for a quality lead free bullet in 7.62x54r or any other caliber visit Double Tap Ammunition.
Recently I found out Winchester is producing 180 grain sp for 7.62x54r. You can purchase it through Cheaper than Dirt. Its muzzle velocity is 2625 fps.
If you are wanting to build a conventional sporter mosin nagant check out Rock Solid Industries. They have loads of advice and high quality products. The photo gallery of mosin nagants on their web site is awesome.
To make my rifle more user friendly I got 4 inches cut of the barrel. Got a synthetic ATI stock, floated the barrel, got a SK scope mount, Timiney 3lb trigger, bent sniper bolt, and a Burris ler scope. This turned my 1933 Mosin Nagant into a pretty cool scout rifle. With a harris bipod on good days I was getting 1 to 1 1/2 groups at 100 yards. Remember when using scope mounts which replace the front sight make sure to torque down screws accordingly and use a proper lock tight. This way the mount stays solid.
Best group 1 inch at 100 yards 174 grain non-corrosive Brown Bear Fmj. Shot from bipod
The Timney trigger is invaluable when on a hunt. The safety is easy to engage and when hunting safety is the highest priority.
After two years of adding parts my mosin nagant I was ready to hunt with. It was an exciting day when I found out I was drawn for cow elk in one of my favorite units close to my home in Northern Arizona. I practiced alot of shooting positions and ranges. My rifle was starting to feel real comfortable. About a week before the hunt I sighted in at 200 yards. This way you are golden from 1 to 200 yards.
On opening weekend I got out to where i wanted to hunt, set up camp and went out for the evening, only had about thirty minuets saw nothing. Went to sleep as best I could. Kept waking up every hour. In the morning set out on the hunt. My buddy and I started hunting thick cedars right away we ran into a small group. But it was so thick a shot was impossible. Thats how it was all day. The next day we hunted the cedars in the morning and the hills during noon. They were there to but they would run as fast as you could mount your rifle. That evening my buddy had to leave.
I was solo and determined. I hiked the same route. On the hills I even had two cow elk get up 10 yards in front of me and they were gone in a flash. I thought the next ones I will run at and maybe get an open shot. Ran into three more I ran, they ran as fast as horses no shot. Went back to camp resupplied and headed out. When I would have a good open shot, they were always bulls. That evening I sat at some water and under a ceder where there were lots of fresh tracks. Got tired of sitting so I started walking. It was almost evening, perfect hunting time. Then I heard a bugle, then two more. Three different bulls bugling. This was a good sign. At about 5:30 In a window between cedars, out pops a cow elk. My heart started racing. She was about 100 yards away. The problem was I was going to have to shot off hand over a bush. Put her in my sights. Pulled the trigger, bang, she just looked around. What I missed how could I miss? I could shoot clays a 100 yards easy and an elk vitals is a bigger target. I guess I was just to excited for a off hand shot. I collected myself and continued toward the bugles. 6:00 three more cow elk appear. This time I was not going to screw up. I put my sling on and started to parallel them waiting for an open shot. I moved with them for about 50 yards watching every step I made, slow and steady. Then I saw an opening they were about to walk in front of. I got in the kneeling position and wrapped my sling around my elbow. When the last elk reached the opening she paused for a moment. This was my chance bang, She went down. Perfect shot at 80 yards it was about 6:30 in the evening I had got my elk with my 1933 mosin nagant 7.62x54r. It was a great feeling. Took some pictures then pulled out my knives and game bags. The shooting was over now time for a lot more work.
7.62x54r 1933 mosin nagant elk hunt.
7.62x54r 1933 mosin nagant elk hunt.
This is the ammo I use for Elk 180 grain sp
I will put the pics in a photo gallery on this site. It is a way to show people what you and your rifle can do. Send pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what you want written to describe your pic. Write a summary of your hunt and I will post it. This way your story will be on the web and not on a message board or blog. The credit will be yours not mine. I will post the pics in the Mosin Hunter Gallery at the top of the page.
I am excited Boyds Gun Stocks offers three designs for the mosin nagant. I got the Ross Featherweight Thumbhole stock. Did all my in letting for the trigger mod and the free float barrel. The stock feels great and it put my eye relief exactly where it is supposed to be. I get a nice clear view through my scope. Great stock.
I wanted to add texture to my stock it was a bit to slippery. Did some research on the net and decided to use Brownells Acraglas Gel. I had some acraglas because I was going to use it to bed my stock. Instead I went with quicksteel to bed my action. Quicksteel or JB weld putty is quick and easy to use.
First I used fine line tape to tape off my patterns where I wanted to add the texture. Inside the patterns I lightly sanded to scuff up the finish so the gel had something to bite on to. Then I added a thicker masking tape to protect the stock finish. Carefully following the directions I mix the acraglas gel. Then added the acraglas gel to the masked off sections. I used the mixing stick provided to create a stippling effect by touching the mix and quickly pulling away. The mixing stick is the same stick I used to apply the gel. After The texture is created keep finger wet and softly smooth out pointy areas and high spots. Let gel dry for several days. Then use a small file to file down sharp edges and points.
completed mosin nagant scout rifle.
The joy of shooting my completed mosin nagant scout rifle 100 percent reliable!
2012 cow elk hunt was on its way. Got out to camp in the evening on the second day of the hunt. I was so anxious I got ready and set out around four. My friend Dale was still setting up camp with his family. I set out north went up over a pretty good size hill, then went up over a small mountain. It was about 30min till sunset, about 40 yards away in some trees I heard animals bust out. I thought it was at least 3 elk. I got a clear view and it was a mother black bear and two cubs running up the mountain face.Got a good look in an opening that lasted about 30 yards. Awesome sight they were so fluffy from their winter coats. I hustled back to camp with the exciting news.
The next morning I was on my own again. I thought i would use this day for mostly scouting the area. This time I went around the hill and the mountain heading north west. About two miles from camp I jumped up two bulls in a thick area surrounded by open forest. When I got tired I headed back to camp. At camp I told Dale about the bulls and said I was going to drive back to that area and look around some more. Dale said he would see me tonight he had to take his family back to town. So near evening I drove to the area where I seen the bulls and started to hike. Right away I heard a bugle. Then two different bugles. That evening I saw three bulls and about 8 cows. I had some good opportunities to shoot but did not. I was alone and knew how much work it would have been therefore, I decided to wait and come back in the morning with Dale. I drove back to camp and told Dale about what I had seen. We decided to packed up camp and move.
The next morning we set out thinking the bulls would be screaming. We heard one bugle and jumped up one cow with no shot opportunity. On the way back to camp I saw a type of bowl area. I told Dale we will come back there this evening. We went back to camp to rest. The evening rolled around and we started to hike toward the bowl area. When we got below it there was a nice long wide draw outside of its timber. We were looking around and Dale said, "look an elk". Sure enough there was a cow looking at us trying to decide what we were. After standing still for about 10 seconds, Dale drops to his knee and shoots. Shes hit but not in the kill zone. Then she starts walking down the draw. I hustle to get ahead and I see her. I kneel down and take a shot. Then I take a follow up shot. I could tell that hit vitals, she wobbles and goes down. After that we measured the shot distance and it was about 160 yards.
We did not know what happened to Dales shot, Why it hit far back on the elk. It had been a rifle he had borrowed from his dad and we did not get much time to work with it. The next day he had realized one of the scope bases had come lose. Thank God I was able to get off a kill shot, so the elk did not suffer long. We both had tags but only came home with one elk. It was still worth it and we had a great time. We processes our own elk so one is plenty of work and plenty of meat.
1933 mosin nagant 180 grain sp Sellier Bellot cow elk hunt