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Old 08-26-2017, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Another one from the vault - Russian PU sniper

Still too quiet in this forum, so I thought I'd share photos of another interesting C&R firearm. 1943 Izhevsk PU sniper rifle. The rifle is, as almost all of them are, a post-WW2 refurb. This is a correct WW2 Russian sniper rifle with a correct WW2 PU scope. The scope was changed during the refurb. The serial numbers marked on the scope bracket match rifle and scope. The prior owner only fired 5 rounds down the barrel, got a sub-MOA group at 100 meters. I have yet to shoot this rifle.



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Old 08-26-2017, 04:58 AM   #2
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Nice looking PU
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Old 08-26-2017, 05:40 AM   #3
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Nice looking PU
Thanks. Not anywhere near the quality of your collection (had never even heard of an SSG 82).
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:29 AM   #4
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Nice, do You hand load for it?
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Will do as soon as I have slugged the bore. I have brass, powder, bullets and primers, just need time.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:57 PM   #6
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Cool old rifle. Mine is a 1943 Tula, in a wartime Izhevsk stock, with a 1943 Progress scope.



Was screwing around out in the desert with a friend, with 2 steel IPSC targets at a laser ranged 708 yards. My buddy was sorting out a zero shift after installing a suppressor on his .308 bolt gun, and I took a few shots at the steel. Took 2 sighting shots to get the windage down, then 2 hits, using surplus Yugoslavian/Soviet light ball ammo.



On the third shot you can hear the steel ring right before the spotter says "I didn't even see that one" I didn't realize I hit it until I watched the video.

Once I started handloading for it, things got better.

I didn't do any proper load development and testing, I just rolled the dice on a recipe I found online, using a powder I have had great success with in this similar sized cases, good old IMR 4064. Loaded up 10 of the neck sized and 6 of the FL sized cases, enough to make sure the rifle is zeroed for the load and do one group with each. Checked the first few shots for pressure signs, they looked good, so I shot a group of each:



I waited at least 3 min between shots, so heat shouldn't be an issue, and I can't rule out sighting error, a 1" target spot is pretty small with a ~3.5X scope, and the giant post reticle on the PU is not super precise. I am pretty happy with the results.
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Old 08-29-2017, 03:14 PM   #7
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Nice. It is amazing what these rifles can do 73+ years after they were made. Had a 1943 Tula PU a couple of years ago, did some barrel wrapping, per recommendations from an old Russian manual someone kindly posted online, and worked up some handloads (ended up with Sierra .311 174gr Match Kings with 44gr IMR 4064 and Prvi brass). Managed to get 3/4" 5 round groups at 100 yards on a regular basis. With the photos below, target was 100 yards away, and I was shooting from a sandbag on a bench. Using On Target software, the 4 round group was 0.715. I moved to a different target for the last round of the day, slightly adjusted the turrets, and managed a dead center with my last shot. That was the last shot I fired with the rifle before I sold it. What the hell was I thinking???? I hope the new rifle will shoot 1/2 as well.
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