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Old 04-29-2012, 04:42 PM   #21
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Never owned a Russian Nagant. Will it handle the pressures of the H&R Mag? I would think that the cases would split in the chambers. I have a 7.5 Swede Nagant. This is a very well made revolver. I broke the hand loading a .32 H&R load in that gun.
The 32 H&R worked fine in my Nagant, though I wouldn't recommend shooting a ton of it through it.
The accuracy with the 32 H&R was not very good. It is hard to stay on paper when shooting past 25 feet.
It is ok under 25 feet, but still not the best. I'll post some pics of the target later.
I read that poor accuracy with 32 H&R in the Nagant is common, and that 7.62 Nagant is pretty accurate out of it. I also read that reloaded 7.62 Nagant is even better. I'll be sure to post some pics of the target after I try some reloaded 7.62.

One a side note, I scored on brass today. I found about 57 .45 ACP casings, a few 9mm, and a couple .223
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J&G Sales has the ammo for the Nagants. I think I would make some out of 32-20 brass. Can the Dbi. action Nagants be cocked and fired single action?

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J&G Sales has the ammo for the Nagants. I think I would make some out of 32-20 brass. Can the Dbi. action Nagants be cocked and fired single action?
I'm just going to go ahead and reload for them. I plan on ordering the supplies this week. I already have the powder for them, so I just need brass, bullets, dies, and primers. Hopefully I can find the primers locally. Hazmat is outrageous.

Yep, the double action Nagants (officer's model) can be fired in single action too. (the trigger is pretty nice when using the gun in single action)
The enlisted models are single action only. I'd actually like to find a pair of them. It would be a cheap way to get into cowboy action shooing.
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Primers should not be a problem. They should use Small pistol primers any brand. Cowboy Action with a Nagant? I bet that would draw some comments.

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Primers should not be a problem. They should use Small pistol primers any brand. Cowboy Action with a Nagant? I bet that would draw some comments.
Yeah, but finding the primers around here is the problem. NO ONE that I know of sells any reloading equipment. luckily, I found someone on the firing line that lives here, and reloads a lot, so he may be able to help me. lol, I found him through google somehow, so I had to sign up so I could pm him.
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Primers should not be a problem. They should use Small pistol primers any brand. Cowboy Action with a Nagant? I bet that would draw some comments.
They probably would draw some comments lol. I hear they are some of the nicest people you'll meet though, and I think some of them use odd revolvers from all over the world just to be different. In a sport where the most common gun is a reproduction of a Colt SAA, it's nice to see some odd guns.
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Here's some pics.

As I said before, this gun does not like 32 H&R, so the accuracy is not very good. I really think it is the ammo, not the gun. I'll reload some ammo withing the next few weeks, and post the results. I hit the target 2 times out of 14 at about 50 feet, and hit it 9 times out of 15 at 25 feet. Someone also left one of those dirty bird splattering target, so I decided to take a shot at it too. I hit it at 25 feet. So technically, I hit my target 10 times out of 16.

I also posted a pic of the ammo box the 32 H&R came in. Any ideas on age?

As for how the 32 H&R cases held up, they did not split, but they did bulge out some. At first, they were hard to get out of the cylinder, but as the gun heated up, many of them would just slide out on their own.

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I understand that a 100 grs. .311 LWC over 2.7/BE is very accurate in a Nagant. That is using a 32-20 case.

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I understand that a 100 grs. .311 LWC over 2.7/BE is very accurate in a Nagant. That is using a 32-20 case.
I hope so. I have several people (some of them could qualify as Nagant revolver experts) telling me to use a .312 lead bullet (115 gr) and others telling me to use a .311 FMJ bullet, it's confusing.

Reloading data is virtually non-existent, but luckily THENAGANTMAN made a reloading manual just for the Nagant, so I'm trying to get into contact with him. As soon as I find out what bullet I need to get, I'll order everything.

On a side note, I think these revolvers are under appreciated. The design is actually very good, the trigger can be tuned to work just as well as a modern trigger, and it is extremely reliable. I think S&W actually designed a revolver off the Nagant, and that they look virtually identical to each other.
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The Russians and others were buying S&W .44 Russian Revolvers long before the Nagant. S&W was making top breaks by the time of the Nagants S&W was making H.E. revolvers or swing outs. Smith did not make sealed revolvers. They were top breaks or swing out. Nagant was an Englishman who was inclined to work with British handgun systems of the Pre 20th Century.

Are you not close to any SGS that carrys primers? The FMJ .312 bullets can be sized to .311 in a Lee Sizer. Make sure you use an expander die if you use lead bullets. I suspect if you use a lead bullet you will get some lead fowlng in the throat unless you use the orginal Nagant brass. I understand with a correct load these guns can turn in a fair 25 yd target. I think Bullseye or Win 231 might be a good powder. Stay away from the slow powders H110 W 296 H 2400 etc.

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