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Survival Rifle on a Budget. The Mosin-Nagant


The French development of smokeless rifle powder coupled with their developing an 8mm cartridge for it, and a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel set off an arms race with the major powers each attempting to field a bolt action rifle chambered for a smokeless powder cartridge as soon as possible. In 1891 Czarist Russia adopted the Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant as their standard infantry rifle. The cartridge they adopted with it was a 7.62x54mm rimmed cartridge that is still in service with Russian forces today. (For those unfamiliar with European cartridge designation, the 7.62 is the diameter of the bullet in millimeters and the 54 is the cartridge case length in millimeters).
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