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Thread: D166 Bullets, 7.62x54R and Mosins - Hype?

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    Boolit Buddy Eddie1971's Avatar
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    D166 Bullets, 7.62x54R and Mosins - Hype?

    I've been seeing over the years all the videos and posts everywhere glorifying the D166 and loading them in Mosins. Out of curiosity I did some load research, bought a couple boxes and loaded a bunch for my 2 M39's and new M91 B Barrel. I got to say I am really unimpressed. I've had 10x better results using Sierra 180 grain bullets than these over priced and over hyped D166's. I've used multiple powders in making these loads. Anybody else have experience?

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    Shot some quite a few years back in my M39 with Weaver T6 scope and M91/30 sniper, both which ar MOA or less with Sierra 174 MKs and 180 SPs. The D166s were 1 1/2 moa capable in both rifles. The D116s are .310 diameter, the Sierras are .311 diameter. I've found .311 and .3112 diameter bullets always give better accuracy in my MNs given equal quality of bullet.
    Larry Gibson

    “Deficient observation is merely a form of ignorance and responsible for the many morbid notions and foolish ideas prevailing.”
    ― Nikola Tesla

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    Boolit Master
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    I too have had best success with the Sierra 174 gr match in my 28/30's and 1891.
    I have never tried that bullet that you mentioned.
    Because why spend extra money on something when you have something that works great.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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