The reason these rounds cost only about a quarter a pop is primarily due to their Berdan primed brass casings. They are not reloadable, but at the trade-off of being much more cost-effective to manufacture. If you don’t intend to reload, then there is little disadvantage to investing in this ammunition. Rugged Russian rifles handle it great!
This round was manufactured at Tula Cartridge Works 100 miles south of Moscow. The old facility has been in operation since 1880, and now largely specializes in the production of steel cased ammo.
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