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I've put about 200 rounds thru a NIB NDM I got awhile back and up until today just hit gongs and got a feel for it. I polished the trigger bearing surfaces to a mirror polish with a 9k grit mini belt sander (1"x30" belt...wonderful tool for this or any bolt mating parts). The trigger was nice...now it is really really nice.
Using the serial number mated 4x POSP like Chinese scope (better clarity than my Belarus scopes) with the ^ style reticle on my home made 8x11 X targets...the V fits perfectly on the X and removes visual error to almost nil.
100 yards only, benched w/overhead cover and using the 'issue' bipod that I really like...it is firm and you can lean into it while you pull the weapon into your shoulder with the sling and your right hand. IOW really perfect shooting conditions to show more of what the rifle can do a opposed to the shooter.
The NDM is so well balanced and smooth.....unlike any combloc AK or M91 Z that I have. Everything, regardless of the rough look in places, works like oil on glass. Press the mag release...the mag falls out un assisted yet locks up tight and never a malfunction.
So today I thought I'd print both PPU match 182 gn (from a lot I have had for quite awhile and has been extremely accurate in my Mosins) and some RAS 148 gn. rounds.
This rifle is just the heat....smooth, easy to operate, fits like a glove and is deadly.... I love it (price notwithstanding). I am glad I spent the dough. I removed the scope but wanted to show the nice bipod that puts no pressure on the barrel assembly....that forward 'fork' under the hand grips is spring loaded and does not press on the hand guards. BTW, it does not beat up the brass either...easily reloadable.
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I've put about 200 rounds thru a NIB NDM I got awhile back and up until today just hit gongs and got a feel for it. I polished the trigger bearing surfaces to a mirror polish with a 9k grit mini belt sander (1"x30" belt...wonderful tool for this or any bolt mating parts). The trigger was nice...now it is really really nice.
Using the serial number mated 4x POSP like Chinese scope (better clarity than my Belarus scopes) with the ^ style reticle on my home made 8x11 X targets...the V fits perfectly on the X and removes visual error to almost nil.
100 yards only, benched w/overhead cover and using the 'issue' bipod that I really like...it is firm and you can lean into it while you pull the weapon into your shoulder with the sling and your right hand. IOW really perfect shooting conditions to show more of what the rifle can do a opposed to the shooter.
The NDM is so well balanced and smooth.....unlike any combloc AK or M91 Z that I have. Everything, regardless of the rough look in places, works like oil on glass. Press the mag release...the mag falls out un assisted yet locks up tight and never a malfunction.
So today I thought I'd print both PPU match 182 gn (from a lot I have had for quite awhile and has been extremely accurate in my Mosins) and some RAS 148 gn. rounds.
This rifle is just the heat....smooth, easy to operate, fits like a glove and is deadly.... I love it (price notwithstanding). I am glad I spent the dough. I removed the scope but wanted to show the nice bipod that puts no pressure on the barrel assembly....that forward 'fork' under the hand grips is spring loaded and does not press on the hand guards. BTW, it does not beat up the brass either...easily reloadable.
Outstanding shooting! I love this rifle as well. Extremely accurate and beautiful craftmanship. They (Chinese) absolutely nailed that one.
 

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I got one of these beauties a few years ago for what now is a fantastic price. The rifle was new and unshot as far as I could determine. All the accessories came with it except the beautiful velvet lined case.

The first time I shot it, the empties kicked out with good enough force to slightly marr the metal behind the ejection port. I got two little dings there before I put three or four layers of duct tape there to protect the metal finish. I didn't know this would happen.

Accuracy with almost any ammo is shocking. Very easy shooting, trigger fairly crisp but a little heavy. Just a great looking and shooting rifle.

Mine is an original 7,62x54R rifle. I wanted this caliber over the .308. More authentic!

I can't believe these are selling for over $11K on Gun Broker now!
 

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I expected a good shooter but this SVD/NDM exceeded my expectations in just about every category...I love my WW2 Mosin PE/PEM/PU and this is the icing on the 7.62x54r cake.... I would take this rifle into combat in a heartbeat.
Mr. Dragunov did one hell of a job.

Whig, another NDM owner told me about the duct tape trick and I did that before shooting so no dings so far....a very good tip.
 

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Reiver:

Great shooting! :) 👍
 

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I'm very divided on the S-1 bipods. Yes they're 10x better than the usual cheap flimsy thing people use but for the money they're utter shit. I can definitely say fumbling about with one when the match timer is ticking away isn't pleasant especially with cold fingers, it's no wonder they never really issued them them out to anything other than a couple of specialist units.
 

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I'm very divided on the S-1 bipods. Yes they're 10x better than the usual cheap flimsy thing people use but for the money they're utter shit. I can definitely say fumbling about with one when the match timer is ticking away isn't pleasant especially with cold fingers, it's no wonder they never really issued them them out to anything other than a couple of specialist units.
Bought it from a H Kong vendor about 100 bucks....it does take some fiddling but not much. Good support in my eye.
 

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Great shooting!

can we talk ammo on these? There are tons of pages about 7N1 and SVD loads but I can never find good data for the NDM. I have a bunch of Silvertip and would like to work up a good handload. Which ammo does your like best? They both look pretty similar.
 

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No handloads made for it presently but the NDM barrel twist does well, in my short experience and at short range, with heavy and light ball.
The 182 gn PPU match prints the best...I will try some Barnaul 174 gn for accuracy next. I was surprised how well the RAS 148 printed.
 

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Don't forget the S&B 174gr Match if you can find it.

It's surprising it liked the light and heavy ball almost equally.

Does it have a fast or slow twist?
 

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Rob:

Thanks for another great video! ;) 👍
 
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Rob, in your most excellent video (you promised 5% off my next purchase for the plug right?) you got the same MOA I did with good ammo.
These are great rifles and def. exceeded expectations.
I do not get 'flyers' (but I do not shoot it like a submachinegun either....) and so far it is doing well with even what many call 'crap ammo'.....
 

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Bought it from a H Kong vendor about 100 bucks....it does take some fiddling but not much. Good support in my eye.
Nice shooting Reiver 👍

I have tried a couple of bipods on my SVD but prefer to use a front bean bag or similar as I find I get more consistent accuracy as the bipods that mount on the receiver always seem flimsy and have a degree of movement......they also marr the receiver!.

The Russians did not issue a bipod for the SVD full stop......there are photos of Russian troops using the S-1 bipod on the ‘net but I believe they are a “private purchase” and not officially issued.
 

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Nice shooting Reiver 👍

I have tried a couple of bipods on my SVD but prefer to use a front bean bag or similar as I find I get more consistent accuracy as the bipods that mount on the receiver always seem flimsy and have a degree of movement......they also marr the receiver!.

The Russians did not issue a bipod for the SVD full stop......there are photos of Russian troops using the S-1 bipod on the ‘net but I believe they are a “private purchase” and not officially issued.
I didn't think I'd like it but it works for me...the little screw contacts don't bug me...it's a military rifle. I like the point of balance it creates and no pressure forward of the receiver.
 
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