Friday, February 14, 2014

A new (and increasingly rare ) shipment of Russian 7.62X54R has arrived.

A new shipment of rifle ammo for the Mosin Nagant 1891/30 has arrived. Since the State Department has started rescinding import licenses, and declining to issue new ones, surplus ammo is drying up.

Although by the standards of the past, current prices for Russian M1891/30 rifles in refinished condition are obscene, at least you can still buy them.  But they need fodder.

The absolute best way to lay back some of this ammunition is in the spam cans, still in the wooden crate.  AIM has always done me right, the crates are well packed in cardboard so they don't arrive all splintered and busted up.

You need a purpose built can opener to get these tins open unless you want a bunch of skinned knuckles. Speaking from experience, if you open them with a big knife you are going to cut into the packages of ammo inside and the edges of the can lid are really sharp if you open them that way.
However, if you buy a full case you get a free can opener with it, and you can keep it and use it to open other ammo you might buy by the tin.

This is the good stuff, as the drug dealers on TV say.  It's corrosive of course, and you can't reload it unless you want to invest in a lot of time , trouble and expense because it's berdan primed and soft steel cased. But it's copper washed and won't stick in your rifle chamber if it gets hot.

Yes, indeed.  If you have to shoot something besides a target with this ammunition it will do the trick.
Guaranteed to provide a well deserved attitude adjustment to zombies, cannibals, home invaders, offensive pumpkins and watermelons, and anything else you decide deserves special attention.

Here's AIM's write up on it.

Russian 7.62x54R 147grn FMJ 440rd Can 

Super Clean Surplus Russian 7.62x54R ammunition. Manufactured in the 1970's. Features a copper washed steel case and full metal jacketed 147grn light ball steel-core bullet. During the 1970's this ammunition featured a painted silver tip which was transitioned out during the Late 1970's & early 1980's. Packaged 440rds to a sealed "spam" can, and 2 cans (880rds) in a wooden crate. Can opener included on orders of 2-cans or greater only.


  1. " Since the State Department has started rescinding import licenses, and declining to issue new ones" ... first Ive heard of this. Linkage?

  2. I will see what documentation I can come up with for you. I ran a quick check on line and found three articles dealing with the subject, but I think I can be more specific.

  3. I received notice of it today from, I believe, SOG. Must have been a big shipment.

    1. Cheaper than Dirt got some too, but they won't ship the wooden cases.

      I email Century International to ask about the issue of getting import licenses for ammo. They ought to be able to give us the straight skinny on that. I think they import more parts and ammo than anybody else I do business with.

  4. I really like the photo of all the ammunition. People that live here go to Bass Pro Shop, Cabela's, or a local shop called Canfield's. You would love Canfield's! I go to look at all the camping gear.

    1. I like stores of that nature. Outside Spartanburg, South Carolina there's a Coleman store at the outlet mall. I could spend hours in there. There's a Bass Pro Shop outside Atlanta and sometimes we stop off there if we have to go to the airport. They have a big tank in it that looks like you are seeing into a lake from the side. It's full of fish. Canfield's sounds like fun. We have a general store here that carries some camping gear but not much. I could plunder around in stores like those you named all day, and even if I didn't buy anything it would still be great entertainment.