Yes, Read about some of the better match grade Russian ammo here that falls into the 200gr category. viewtopic.php?f=96&t=6094&p=23340#p23340
And that is a valid question.
1. When the Russians adopted the spritzer designed bullet it was a scaled down copy of the German 8mm. They did not really design it for the Mosin. They never really engineered it to the Mosin exactly and most avery variations of it are just a simple copy with little experimentation. Typical in a Communist world were thinking is discouraged. Its why it shoots so terribly too at 147gr.
2. Its steel core not lead! And that makes a BIG difference. The Russian n71 and newer n714 bullets are still quite light at only 152gr but they are also steel core. And that is the big gorilla in the room. Steel bullets have less density so they are much longer where a comparable lead bullet that is needed for most civilian purposes must be much heavier to have the same profile. Take again the n714 it is the same BC .498 as the Sierra Matchking but the Sierra (at 174gr) is lead core the Russian round is steel. This gives n714 a longer body similar to heavy bullets that the Wosin likes because of the way things like Freebore, neck, cartridge taper, and a long barrel all prefer heavier or at least longer bullets. We as civilians can't use steel bullets in a lot of places like hunting and California for example.
Does that make sense?
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