This is a nearly perfect donor cartridge for the 7.62x54R hand loader/hunter. Not because the cartridge isn’t great in its own right (it certainly is), but because it offers such a good piece of brass and such a good value since the ballistics are excellent and the performance is top tier, plus you get to keep that premium brass after you shoot with it. It’s a very accurate FMJ cartridge – after all, the round was built to have inherently good accuracy and has top quality ballistics for longer range endeavors. It is still used in some countries as a light anti materiel and long range precision sniper cartridge. This load is fully capable of handling big game up to and including hogs, deer, elk and moose under the right conditions, even with the FMJ projectile.
The projectile is a copper alloy jacketed 180 grain Full Metal Jacket bullet that is suitable for large game hunting in most jurisdictions in the U.S.A. (you should check your local and state laws to ensure this is suitable in your area before using for that purpose).
This is a 400 round case lot and the reloadable case and the ballistics that have made this round a mainstay for more than 100 years makes this loadout a very compelling buy given the competitive pricing.
Posted On: 10/19/2011 By: Ian
Muzzle velocity 2578 fps
100 meter velocity 2378 fps
200 meter velocity 2194 fps
300 meter velocity 2024 fps
Muzzle energy 2665 ft-lbs
100 meter energy 2268 ft-lbs
200 meter energy 1929 ft-lbs
300 meter energy 1641 ft-lbs
100 meter trajectory 0 inches (zeroed)
200 meter trajectory -5.3 inches
300 meter trajectory -19.4 inches
Posted On: 7/14/2011 By: Bill