7.62x54r

micah7488

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Is pretty much the only place to get some 54r ammo online?
I have checked out cabela's but they only have like 3 boxes at $.75 per round, which is ridiculous. anyone know of any walk-in stores?
 

micah7488

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and moreso, how can someone get started into reloading? like could i just get some books and a handloader and then start on some 5.56 or 7.62 or is it a WHOLE lot more complicated then that?
 

country_boy

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Midway USA has 880 rounds of surplus ammo for $229.99.

There are several videos on youtube that show the reloading process.
All you would need is a couple of reloading books, a powder scale, single stage press ( a rock chucker master kit etc.) the dies, and the other 4 components.


I reload soft points for the same round for my mosin during the hunting season.
 

micah7488

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I have heard that if I wanted to get into reloading, I should start with single-wall ammo or something like that. Not wholly sure what single-wall ammo is but I can guess its something about the 'brass' on the ammo


thanks for the info though.
In your general opinion, what company do you use for the projectiles in your ammo? Or do you just use what you can find?
 

country_boy

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I generally use whatever I can find, mainly soft points for hunting. I first started out reloading 38 special/357 magnum, 45 acp handgun rounds. Now I reload rifle rounds. I use the forester brass trimmer due to the outside neck trimmer.
 

Texas1911

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another side note, can you shoot .308 out of a mosin or is that a no no?
No.

For reloading you should have:

Single Stage Press (RCBS - Comes to mind)
Powder Measure / Scale
Case Trimmer
Micrometer
Champfer / Deburr Tool
7.62 x 54R Dies
7.62 x 54R Shell Holder
Powder
Bullets
Large Rifle Primers
 

micah7488

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No.

For reloading you should have:

Single Stage Press (RCBS - Comes to mind)
Powder Measure / Scale
Case Trimmer
Micrometer
Champfer / Deburr Tool
7.62 x 54R Dies
7.62 x 54R Shell Holder
Powder
Bullets
Large Rifle Primers
I am looking at a lee classic loader
It is something small and inexpensive to just start on, I am not looking for any table tops yet.
the kit comes with these items:
-Bullet Seater and Priming Chamber
-Decapping Chamber
-Sizing Die
-Decapper
-Priming Rod
-Powder Measure
-Load Data

I know on my own that I shall want a scale for precise measurements of the grain with the powder and that I shall need a shell holder. However besides those two items and the components used within ammo (powder, casing, projectile, primer) is there anything on the lee loader that I would need. It seems like the only thing on your list that is on the lee loader is the die, unless there are alot of names for the same item. The micrometer is to measure the casings for proper sizing correct? If so my father has one and I can use his in the mean time.

here is the loader I just kinda perused over. MidwayUSA - Lee Classic Loader 7.62x54mm Rimmed Russian (7.62x53mm Rimmed)
 

Texas1911

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Do yourself a favor and get something like this, and buy dies as necessary: MidwayUSA - RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Single Stage Press Master Kit

The only thing I suggest beyond that kit is:

- Electronic Powder Scale (You can use it to weigh cases and bullets for optimal accuracy)
- Kinetic Bullet Puller (For when you screw up)
- Case Tumbler, Media, and Polish.
- Case Trimmer

We don't use the powder measure, we scoop it out and measure each load since we load for accuracy.
 

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