Type Rifle
Place of origin {{ flagcountry/core alias = Soviet Union flag alias = Flag of the Soviet Union.png flag alias-1923 = Flag of the Soviet Union 1923.png flag alias-1955 = Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.png flag alias-naval = Naval Ensign of the Soviet Union.png flag alias-naval-1924 = Naval Ensign of the Soviet Union 1924.png flag alias-naval-1935 = Naval Ensign of the Soviet Union 1935.png link alias-naval = Soviet Navy link alias-ice hockey = Soviet Union national ice hockey team link alias-tennis = Russia {{{mw}}} Cup team size = name = altlink = altvar = variant =
Service history
In service 1962–present[1]
Used by Soviet Union, Russia
Production history
Designer M.N. Blum
Designed 1955 [2]
Produced 1962–1977, 1990s-present
Parent case 7.62x54mmR
Case type Rimmed
Bullet diameter 9.22[3]
Neck diameter 9.86 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Shoulder diameter 11.63 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Base diameter 12.42 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Rim diameter 14.48 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Rim thickness 1.575 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Case length 53 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Overall length 67.8 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Maximum pressure 254.80 MPa[4]
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
15 g (Bad rounding hereScript error gr) LVE640 m/s (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s)3,072 J (Bad rounding hereScript error ft·lbf)

The Soviet 9x53R rifle cartridge was designed for hunting in the USSR. It is a 7.62x54mmR necked up to accommodate a larger bullet.[5] Two bullet types are available:[6]

  • Type A - SP for hunting 250–500 kg animals
  • Type B - FMJ for hunting 70–250 kg animals

Several rifles were designed for this cartridge: Los' (Moose), Medved' (Bear), VPO-103 and Saiga-9.

This cartridge should not be confused with 9.3x53R Finnish which has similar dimensions, but a slightly larger bullet (71.45 mm overall cartridge length)[7] and, more important, higher maximum pressure - 340 MPa.[8]

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