7.62x54r - Seeking Info


#1

Here is a batch of 7.62x54r that I would sure appreciate some help with. I have listed below what I think it might be and some details about each round. I would like to run it by you all to confirm or correct the information please. I am also seeking any original data, specifications, diagrams, and/or history on each round if you can share the info or point me in the right direction it would be very much appreciated! Thanks as always!

Number 1
Presumed API (B32?)
Origin Russia?
Headstamp 71 over 55
Case Non Magnetic
Bullet Magnetic
Sealant None
Tip Color Black over Red

Number 2
Presumed Tracer (t-46M?)
Headstamp 188 over 73
Case Magnetic
Bullet Magnetic
Bullet Profile Stepped
Sealant Red
Tip Color Dark Blue or Green, hard to tell

Number 3
Presumed Heavy Ball Steel Core
Headstamp 71 over 74
Origin Bulgaria?
Case Magnetic
Bullet Magnetic
Sealant None
Tip Color Silver over Yellow
Core Alloy?
Core Hardness Value?

Number 4
Presumed Heavy Ball Lead Core
Headstamp 10 over 54
Origin Bulgaria?
Case Non Magnetic
Bullet Magnetic
Sealant None
Tip Color Silver over Yellow

Number 5
Presumed AP
Headstamp 188 over 72
Case Magnetic
Bullet Magnetic
Bullet Profile Two cannelures above neck
Tip Color Black
Core Alloy?
Core Hardness Value?


#2

“10” with post-WWII dates is Bulgarian (Arsenal, Kazanlak) although during WWII, that number was used by Russia.

“71” is Chinese.

“188” is Russian.


#3

#3 should be Hungarian with a heavy ball (172 - 174 grains) mild steel core bullet as denoted by the silver/yellow bullet tip. Hungary is the only country (supposedly) that used the silver/yellow bullet tip designation for the heavy ball loading in 7.62x54mm.

The arsenal code for Hungary is 21, so the headstamp should actually be ‘21’ and ‘74’, with ‘74’ being the year of manufacture. The Hungarian arsenal code was established under the old Soviet system.

Brian


#4

These 2 website have just about everything you could need to check your rounds

7.62x54r.net/

mosinnagant.net/

they are the 2 I use all the time, hope they help

Richard.


#5

#1 is Chinese API

#5 is a reload using an Israeli 7.62x51mm AP projectile on a Soviet case.

AKMS


#6

[quote=“AKMS”]
#1 is Chinese API
#5 is a reload using an Israeli 7.62x51mm AP projectile on a Soviet case.
AKMS[/quote]

Hi AKMS, thanks for your input.

I had suspected something might be up with #5, it was nagging at me. The headstamps varied a bit by year among the small lot that I have, the neck looked funny like there used to be sealant and the AP on 7.62x54r website didn’t have the two exposed cannelures. I guess at this point I will need to pull one down to gather more data.

Thanks again. This is exactly why I like to run things by this site.