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Old August 19th, 2017, 04:56 PM #1
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Light load for 7.62x54r

I shot my 1943 Mosin using mil surplus 147gr copper washed steel core ammo. The problem is I had my shoulder operated on a few years ago and the recoil was too much. I was wondering if anyone has a light load with a lot less kick. All I am going to do is punch holes in paper at 100 yards. I have red dot and IMR 4895 plus a few other powders on hand.
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Old August 19th, 2017, 06:30 PM #2
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I you reload some folks pull the bullet and reduce the charge by a few grains.
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Surplus 7.62x54R ammo is a lot of fun to shoot, but it's brutal on the shoulder.

OP, you can load some mild rounds using CB's from a Lee .311/150 gr mold. I use 28 gr of IMR-3031 to power the boolits for plinkers. But there are other powders like Unique and 2400 that work fine.

There's a good CE Harris article on the internet with lots of info (attached below). That's what I used to work up my mild plinking rounds.

Good luck and let your shoulder stay in one piece.

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Old school cast bullet load data has data for pistol powders.

Newer School for really light loads is Trail Boss . I don't know if IMR specifically has printed loads for x54R , but their general recomendation is 50% load density for starting load.

If you actually were thinking mid range, aka "medium" , IMR/ Hogdons recomends 2/3 by weight of "normal starting load " of 4895 .
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Lyman 314299 with 16 grains of 2400 will give you about 1500 FPS and small sized groups at 100 yards. This is my experience with a M39 for some 25 years. Arthritis got too bad so I gave it away last year. The M39 trigger makes it easier to get small groups.
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a few years ago, Czech training ammo was available. Too bad its scarce as a hen's tooth. I have a small stash left.
The Ed Harris article is good. See this thread
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthrea...tol+cast+rifle
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50 grains of accurate (western) 2700 behind a 123 grain AK bullet. It's easy on the recoil, no fireball from the muzzle and four holes touching @ 100 yards.

No signs of excessive pressure in my 91/30. It works well for me !
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In addition to developing a load, here are some additional things you might try.

I have one of these, and it does seem to reduce the felt recoil on my '43 Izhevsk by about 30%:

http://www.howlingraven.com/Mosin-Na.../hrmb-9130.htm

I also use a gel with my Mosins. I recommend this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Shooterpads-R.../dp/B00081Q7E4
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Gas checked cast bullet or a jacketed bullet with 13 grains of red dot. Ed Harris wrote a lot about 13 grains of red dot, search up "the load", Ed Harris.
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Try Trail Boss for reduced loads even with jacketed bullets. I have never used it for 7.62 x 54R but I have made reduced loads in both .308 and .30-06, usually with 125 grain bullets. Try this link: https://www.hodgdon.com/wp-content/u...-loads-r_p.pdf
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