That pretty much covers it. For years, I've been shooting whatever is available through mine regardless of weight. Some is less accurate than others but it all shoots. You have to remember, its made to be USED, not babied.It is safe to shoot any bullet up to 203 grains through your SVD!
The myth that you can't shoot heavy ball through the Dragunov comes from the Romanian PSL that wasn't designed for heavy ball, and has had cracked rear trunion issues as a result. The Dragunov system is completely different from the (simply enlarged) AK system the PSL uses however and handles the recoil forces in a completely different way. The recoil forces are steered directly into the milled receiver of the Dragunov, so it can handle heavy bullets very well.
It is even stated on the Izhmash website that up to 13.2 gram (203 grain) bullets can be shot through it: http://www.izhmash.ru/eng/product/tigr.shtml
This post explains it very well: http://nzshooting.blogspot.nl/2013/05/shooting-heavy-bullets-through-dragunov.html
Don't be afraid to shoot heavy bullets and enjoy it.
I knew of the soft primer issue, but I have never heard of brass cases giving problems.I would not shoot any brass cased 7.64X54R ammunition in your SVD or an NDM. The Russian SVD manual states steel cased ammunition only. I know of 2 SVD's taken apart by brass cased ammunition. The NDM in 308 will handle brass cased ammunition because of the much stronger case head.
Can you go into more detail to explain this? I see no significant differences in the construction of both guns to allow thisthe PSL uses however and handles the recoil forces in a completely different way. The recoil forces are steered directly into the milled receiver of the Dragunov,
I also shot my 308 SVD using Lake City brass for the same reason you use the M118 brass. There are others in my shooting circle that also have shot 308 in their SVD's without incident at least so far. No one with a 7.62X54R shoots brass cases.The manual definitely says steel cases only. I have done otherwise and have not had a problem. I recommend doing as they say and I will for the most part. The extraction is very forceful and the extractor can pull off the rim portion it contacts. That is not universally a big problem but can cause malfuntions. If that piece of metal gets in the wrong place it could be ugly, like in the bore. The most likely result is a jam as the case may not be extracted or unsuccessfully ejected.
I feel pretty confident using US M118 ammo in the 308. Military brass is mush harder than commercial. That said, again follow the manual and do not do as I do.
To be safe, you better just send that SVD over to me.I must confess, I bought my SVD back in '95 NIB when they hit the market (J&G Sales) and have only shot 2 boxes of 7n1 in order to sight in the scope. It's been a safe Queen ever since. I plan to start shooting it when I move so all this information is extremely helpful. I appreciate all of your input, some great advise. Thanks all.
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