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Old 08-23-2013, 12:18 PM
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Same as many of you, I was bitten by the Mosin bug a while back. I own 4, three of which are stock and 1 is sporterized. I am now searching for the best SURPLUS ammo I can find. I don't mind current production suggestions, but I really want to know about the bulk stuff, as I do a LOT of shooting.

So far, my experience is limited to 1940's Ukrainian, 1970's Bulgarian, and 1980's Russian. I have yet to try the Russian stuff. The Ukrainian is the worst so far. Inaccurate, and lots of split cases. The Bulgarian is ok, getting 2" groups at 100 yards.

Would love any suggestions, and possible places to buy as well.
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The Bulgarian and Russian ammunition functions exactly the same, in my experience. But the Russian ammunition is a little more sought after simply because it's Russian.
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Bulgarian I suppose, I shot all the chec silver tip I stocked years ago and I am now working through the stack of cases of bulgie purchased a few years black all and all the bulgarian seems a bit more accurate.
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As of this date, I'm only aware of the Bulgarian surplus (which is said to be Russian made for the Bulgy's) that's to be had in any decent quantity and at a reasonable price. I think it's 154 gr steel jacket and steel case with copper flashing overall. Some of the older stuff may have a silver tip but I understand it's all the same ammo spec.

The only types I've ever had are the above mentioned and some Albanian (which is no model for quality, but it shoots OK), The Polish lacquered steel case( good stuff, but probably not available), Yugo heavy ball (Great ammo if you can find it) and misc quantities of Chikom and E.German.

Out of all, I think the Bulgarian has given the most satisfactory results out my Mosins and the PSL, but I don't expect MOA performance from either of those platforms or any type of ammo that would be used in them.

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All I've found so far is Bulgarian and not a problem with any if it --
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Not too much available right now. FWIW the best I ever shot was Czech silver tip light ball, I hear the Russian and Bulgarian that is available now is very good too though.
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Not too much available right now. FWIW the best I ever shot was Czech silver tip light ball, I hear the Russian and Bulgarian that is available now is very good too though.
I am starting to lose track of what I have and don't. I agree that the Bulgarian is good stuff, probably one of the best. The Czech is slightly more accurate IMO. I got taken on that stuff though. A prick at the gun show was selling it as "Czech Sniper Ammo" for $20 for 50 rds. I should have known better, but whatever.
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hanzy4200 thank you for making me laugh on the Czech sniper ammo spilt my drink.I WONDER how many he sold.
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I like the brass cased or copper washed better than varnished, but other than that not too picky. If you can get your hands on API its fun for shooting thru stuff that would stop regular bal. Also mine shoots heavy bal a little better.
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About all your going to find nowadays on a regular basis is either Russian or Bulgarian steel case LB ammo either one should be fine. Pretty much most of the other version that used to be prevalent have either dried up or just not being imported to the US anymore,I believe Canada gets a lot of the Czech LB ammo these days.

Back in the day I used to buy lots of Bulgarian brass case 50's surplus LB and HB ammo that came in 300 rd. tins,it was pretty decent stuff,great for making Mexican Match ammo. Have a few tins of the 70's Russian LB thats pretty accurate and some of the 70's Bulgarian steel case but I haven't shot any of that as of yet.

My favorite is the 70's surplus Yugoslavian HB ammo but it only show up from time to time and I haven't seen any of it for sale in years. I got about 450 rds. left. I shot one box of the stuff and it shot so well I just put it back in my stash for a rainy day. It's basically the same 182 gr. FMJ BT boxer primer ammo Prvi Partizan is selling now with the exception of the corrosive berdan primers my ammo has.
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