7.62x54 Trench Art?


#1

This is I’m pretty sure a 7.62x54R round it measures up as that but when compared next to another 7.62x54R it doesn’t look exactly the same, I think this is probably an optical illusion due to the art work. The headstamp is F N 1905. The word around the middle is BULGAR has anone any idea what BULGAR stands for ?
Cheers,
Simon


#2

This MAY be an 8x50R Austrian Mannlicher round. Is this a live round or inert? It looks like a nice piece of trench art.


#3

It’s inert and the dimensions are the same as a 7.62x54R.


#4

THIS IS THE EARLY 7.62 RUSSIAN . BULGAR most likely means BULGARIA. Can you put up a look at the base ?


#5

Here are some early 7.62x54rs to compare.


#6

Heres a pic of the headstamp, haven’t quite got the hang of close up photography yet.
Simon


#7

That certainly looks like FN from here.


#8

looks like an early 7.62x54R Russian contract which was picked up and trenched in Bulgaria as a souvenir.


#9

CSAEOD, thanks for the info.
Heres 3 other early headstamps.

G17 = Greenwood & Batley, W = Winchester & RL = Royal Laboratories all on contract to Russia.


#10

That 3 position RL is a keeper.


#11

The FN contract 7.62x54R is a RARE cartridge. I have never owned one. Woodin Lab has it but I would have to buy one is it came up for sale even if it was “trenched”.


#12

Another two “early” headstamps.

Manufactured by Polte for captured weapons

and one made by Remington


#13

These are nice WW1 era headstamps. When I say early Russian I mean prior to the adoption of the pointed bullet in 1908. I should call it the M1891.