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 Russia or Bulgarian light ball?
shadrach  [Member]
12/18/2012 8:22:03 PM
I want to order a case of 7.62X54 and am looking at Russian and Bulgarian light ball of similar production years "early 70's". Which is better and why? This will be fired from M38, M39 and 91/30's. Thanks
jnk556  [Team Member]
12/18/2012 8:32:25 PM
Russian Silver tip IMHO. Factory 188 to be exact

YMMV
shadrach  [Member]
12/18/2012 8:35:32 PM
Can you tell me why you prefer that?
jnk556  [Team Member]
12/18/2012 8:46:42 PM
Originally Posted By shadrach:
Can you tell me why you prefer that?


It just shoots good in what i got, that being 2 91/30's and a Finn M39. No other reason really, others say the Bulgarian is good, although i have not shot any of the newer stuff....
SGL_Shooter  [Team Member]
12/18/2012 9:05:59 PM
My Bulgarian looks like it was made yesterday.
AKJP  [Member]
12/18/2012 10:05:48 PM
Shot a lot of both and it comes down to what an individual rifle prefers. I call it a draw, overall.
PiGood  [Team Member]
12/18/2012 11:51:08 PM
40s Russian on chargers is even better! You can sell the clips for $1-2 a piece when no one has ammo on chargers in stock :)
shadrach  [Member]
12/19/2012 9:14:58 AM
I've already got a case of 40's Russian on stripper clips. Found some heavy ball. How does that compare to light ball accuracy wise?
AKJP  [Member]
12/19/2012 9:28:53 AM
Originally Posted By shadrach:
I've already got a case of 40's Russian on stripper clips. Found some heavy ball. How does that compare to light ball accuracy wise?

Again, it will depend on the rifle you shoot it in. There's a wide variation in bore diameters, especially in Russian 91/30s. There is also a wide variation in freebore and in the ammunition, you'll have variations in bullet diameter, powder charge and seating depth. This applies to any surplus ammo. So, in the end, it's just a case of "won't know until you try". What shoots MOA in my rifle may be 3 MOA in yours, or the other way around.