500 Rounds of 7.62x54r Ammo by Brown Bear - 174gr FMJ

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Quantity - 20 rounds per box; 25 boxes per case
Manufacturer - Brown Bear
Bullets - 174 grain full metal jacket (FMJ)
Casings - Berdan-Primed Steel


This is a 500 round case lot of 7.62x54r ammunition for your Dragunov/clones and your Nagants. This is a great ammunition choice for those who want to save a bit of money but need high reliability and excellent accuracy for their dollars spent. This is made after the same specification of the military surplus rounds that have been on the market for 30+ years in the United States in large quantities. As that stuff has dried up, this has been coming online to replace it – with non-corrosive components. Just that alone justifies the price. The ammunition shoots a bit dirty but it is very inexpensive and offers great accuracy for the money spent.

The Brown Bear line is a well-known offering and has many fans of the generally high reliability ammunition. It’s called the “Brown Bear” because of the characteristic Brown lacquer that covers the outside of the cartridge casing. The underlying casing is steel, so the lacquer helps with feeding and extraction in most guns. This is a step up from the typical 1950’s and 1960’s surplus that you can find on the market today.

The performance is very nice, but the round is not reloadable, thanks to the Berdan primer and the steel case.

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Posted On: 7/13/2016 By: Chuck

A: Hello Chuck! This specific ammunition is loaded with a bi-metal jacketed projectile. As a result, the ammunition does contain steel and will not pass any type of magnet test.

Posted On: 10/2/2011 By: Capt. Dave

A: This Brown Bear ammo is non-corrosive and will not leave deposits of salt in the bore that can attract moisture and promote corrosion like military surplus ammo.

Posted On: 9/30/2011 By: Jim

A: Rimmed cartridges were produced when that was the easiest way to headspace a cartridge, or make sure that it was in the proper location prior to firing. The rim would stop the cartridge from going any farther into the barrel. More modern cartridges headspace off the case mouth or shoulder, which require more complicated manufacturing methods. Rimmed cartridges present special feeding issues in box magazines that are sometimes not easily overcome, which is why there are not many new firearms for rimmed cartridges and very few, if any, new rimmed cartridges currently.

Posted On: 9/30/2011 By: Lee

A: This is new production ammunition.

Posted On: 9/29/2011 By: philip

A: Unlike some surplus ammunition, this Brown Bear ammunition is non-corrosive. No special cleaning procedures are required.

Posted On: 9/29/2011 By: Mike

A: This Brown Bear ammunition is loaded with lacquered steel cases, not brass. I have not had the issue you describe with Brown Bear in my Mosin Nagant.

Posted On: 9/29/2011 By: Ben

A: In the 1920s, Russian ammo production shifted from brass to steel to preserve resources. Since that time, the Russians have become experts at manufacturing steel cases. The primary benefit to most shooters is the lower cost per round.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Joe

A: This Brown Bear ammo cannot be reloaded.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Adam

A: This Brown Bear ammunition is noncorrosive. It is newly manufactured in Russia, and is not from any military stockpile. It is not surplus ammunition.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: 46&2

A: The R stands for Rimmed, because this cartridge has a prominent rim at the base that protrudes from the walls of the case. The most common weapons in this caliber are the Mosin Nagant, Dragunov, PSL, and PK/PKM. Because millions of weapons have been chambered in 7.62x54R, it is considered a fairly common round worldwide.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Anonymous

A: The only true way to tell if unknown ammo is corrosive is to fire it and let the gun sit, then wait for it to either corrode or not. This ammo is known to be non-corrosive, so there are no such concerns. When using suspect ammo, thoroughly clean all internal parts including the bore with soap and water, in addition to traditional cleaning oils and solvents.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Anonymous

A: No, these Brown Bear 7.62x54R cartridges are not corrosive.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Anonymous

A: No, these cases should not be reloaded.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Dan

A: The G1 ballistic coefficient of this 174gr 7.62x54R projectile is approximately .46. This ammo compares favorably to .308 in terms of max effective range and penetration.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Bujah

A: Store this ammo in a cool, dry place, away from sources of moisture and heat.

Posted On: 9/28/2011 By: Ricardo

A: No, because this Brown Bear ammunition is new production, it is not corrosive ammunition. Surplus military ammunition on the market may be corrosive, but cleaning up after it is fairly simple, with soap and water being highly effective. However, to reiterate, this is not corrosive ammunition, and no special precautions or cleaning regimens are required.

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