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Old March 13, 2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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7.62x54 with RL22???

I am just getting started as a reloader. Got excited and bought supplies before having actual data. I bought Nosler 168gr ballistic tip, Reloader 22 powder, and Remington 9 1/2M primers(the only LR primers I could find). Any one have data for RL22 powder?! Getting desparate. Dont want to get MORE powder.
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Old March 13, 2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Ok, got some bad news for you.

First, 168gr 30 caliber bullets are .308 in diameter, you need to buy 30 caliber bullets that are .311 inches in diameter.

Second, Re22 is totally useable in your 7.62x54r, however expect very low velocities and quite a bit of sooting as you will have a hard time getting complete burn with such a slow powder. Next time reach for the Reloader 15.

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Old March 13, 2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Reloader 22 is a way slow powder for the round. I have had good luck with H-335, Varget, and IMR 4320. With the 4320 working best across tie board in all of my Mosin Nagant rifles. For super light 110 grain bullets H-335 makes a great screamer load, that has a huge muzzle flash. I get a hoot out of lighting a few of them off every once in a while. For the most part I use Speer Hot Cor 150 grain (.311 diameter.) They give me exelent groups.
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Old March 13, 2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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I have never messed with a 7.62x54Russian but according to Lee you can use the 168. Well, they list it anyway. Have no idea if it will hit the broad side of a barn, but they list it.
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Old March 13, 2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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I picked up the 308's because the manual I have said to start with 308. Said it can be between 308 and 312. ??? How do I "slug" the barrel to find the actual bore size? Do I have to take it to a gunsmith or is that something I can do at home?
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Old March 14, 2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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You can order a kit and do it at home, but its a little bit aggravating. Shoot the 168 and see if it groups. If so, dont worry about it.
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Old March 15, 2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info.
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Old March 15, 2013, 06:43 PM   #8
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I load quite a few .308 bullets in my rifles. The 115 grain bullets for the .30 carbine with 14 grains of Trail Boss zip at about 1700 FPS out of a 91/30. They bang steel knock down targets, and bowling pins at 25 yards with no problems. As far as groups I have never shot groups with them. I worked up the load for my wife to shoot in her rifle. She likes them quite well, and she is quite good with it.
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Old March 15, 2013, 09:12 PM   #9
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7.62x54R = .312 dia. Use .311

7.62x53R = .309 dia. Use .308 you should only find these in Finnish rifles.
You can use .308 bullets in both but the .312 bores will not be very accurate.
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Old March 20, 2013, 12:50 AM   #10
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The guy I know that has been killing deer for decades with a Russian uses the Sierra 180 gr bullet.
http://www.sierrabullets.com/index.c...0&bullettype=0

I have used it at the range, and it makes the best groups.

It is not boat tailed, and with my lousy marksmanship, cuts the range down from 500 yards to 400 yards, at best.
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