Originally Posted by Jim K
Well, the Nagant is not the perfect revolver, but it is really a lot better than some folks (even on here) claim. It is not really significantly different from other European service revolvers of the period, though more powerful than most.
One amusing aspect of the flood of those revolvers is the number of postings from folks worried that firing the super powerful .32 S&W Long in one might blow up the gun!
I have some Magtech 98 grain SJHP I shoot from mine. As of right now they are the most accurate load I have fired from that gun. Even more accurate than 7.62x38R. I have read that Nagant ammo is .295 diameter and the bores are .312. I have shot some of the hotshot and the rifiling marks on recovered rounds is very shallow, while the lands in the gun are deep and sharp.
32S&WL ammo is from .312-.314. From the accuracy I get from them I believe they are a bit fatter.
Anywho, These rounds are a touch more powerful than 32ACP rounds from some of these pocket size 32s. Perfect for medium game or vermin. I even got me a coyote at just under 40 yards creepin' around grandmas barn with a 85 grain XTP from a 32H&R mag case at 1167fps from the muzzle. Accurate enough to not only hit it, but plenty of power to drop it.
98 grain LRN at pretty slow speeds is my number one rabbit gitter. Very little damage and tons of fun. Works great as a vermin eliminator too with the S&WL SJHP or 32 mag HP loads.
I just found a source of real Soviet 86 grain FMJ ball ammo instock at a vendor. I have read it hits upto 1390fps. Even though it is tempting I think I will save my $$ and buy more 32S&WL that I know is accurate....