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Does the 7.62x39mm round have a practical hunting application?

Question by Stephen08. Uploaded on April 21, 2010

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

It's the ballistic twin of the 30-30.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

I would truly only use this round for youth hunting as far as whitetail deer which I have heard some guys do. If you look at the 7.62x39 as far ft. lbs. of energy, then you have about a 150 yard shooter. Now you can debate a lot about ft.lbs. of energy and all, but shot placement is always going to win.

Here is just something quick for a typical hunting round you would find for the 7.62x39.

Remington 125 grain Soft Points.
They have just shy of 1100 ft.lbs. of energy out to 150 yards. Most people consider that the lowest you should really go to ethically kill a deer.

Being that its low recoil, it would be great for youth hunters or for those sensitive to recoil.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Shoot softpoints at a reasonable range and your freezer will remain full.

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

My auncle hunts with a semi automatic ak-47

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Workedwell for the VC...

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from 007 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I had one in a Ruger Mini 30 that I experimented with to a large degree at the loading bench and it now has a new home. Maybe I was spoiled by bolt action accuracy but I couldn't hit much with it and was disappointed with it's performance on deer. I think the great old .30-30 is far superior.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

WAM it worked too&^%$ well for the V.C.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

The old 30-30 is a mildly superior round. I think that the 7.62x39 would probably do the job at 100 yards or less but I have never had the opportunity to see a gun chambered in this round that would shoot very well.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Only if you are after people, as has been already stated.

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from Redbone wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

If you can put that bullet exactly where it needs to go then sure. Make sure you use a soft point or good hollow point. Stay away from imported junk.

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from Redbone wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

oh and stay at a reasonable range too id say inside 200 yards.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Moishe & crm3006

A lot of our SOG recon teams carried the AK's so chambered to disguise the origin of the shooter and disguise which side was firing at whom. The report from an M-16/CAR-15 is distinctively different from a 7.62x39 either in single shot or auto. The cadence of an AK-47 has it's own unique signature. It is deadly inside 200 yards. But I guess I don't have to tell you that.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Nope, WAM, I heard it plenty of times. :-)

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter-
SOG and recon is another type of rat killin', but the easiest way I know to get a frag in your lap, or attract a whole lot of "friendly" fire, is to open up with a communist weapon in the middle of a firefight in a line company. Like you said, the sounds are distinct and very different.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

He He! A good way to attract unwanted attention from an M-60 gunner!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Shoot softpoints at a reasonable range and your freezer will remain full.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

I would truly only use this round for youth hunting as far as whitetail deer which I have heard some guys do. If you look at the 7.62x39 as far ft. lbs. of energy, then you have about a 150 yard shooter. Now you can debate a lot about ft.lbs. of energy and all, but shot placement is always going to win.

Here is just something quick for a typical hunting round you would find for the 7.62x39.

Remington 125 grain Soft Points.
They have just shy of 1100 ft.lbs. of energy out to 150 yards. Most people consider that the lowest you should really go to ethically kill a deer.

Being that its low recoil, it would be great for youth hunters or for those sensitive to recoil.

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

My auncle hunts with a semi automatic ak-47

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Workedwell for the VC...

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from 007 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I had one in a Ruger Mini 30 that I experimented with to a large degree at the loading bench and it now has a new home. Maybe I was spoiled by bolt action accuracy but I couldn't hit much with it and was disappointed with it's performance on deer. I think the great old .30-30 is far superior.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

WAM it worked too&^%$ well for the V.C.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

The old 30-30 is a mildly superior round. I think that the 7.62x39 would probably do the job at 100 yards or less but I have never had the opportunity to see a gun chambered in this round that would shoot very well.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Only if you are after people, as has been already stated.

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from Redbone wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

If you can put that bullet exactly where it needs to go then sure. Make sure you use a soft point or good hollow point. Stay away from imported junk.

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from Redbone wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

oh and stay at a reasonable range too id say inside 200 yards.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Moishe & crm3006

A lot of our SOG recon teams carried the AK's so chambered to disguise the origin of the shooter and disguise which side was firing at whom. The report from an M-16/CAR-15 is distinctively different from a 7.62x39 either in single shot or auto. The cadence of an AK-47 has it's own unique signature. It is deadly inside 200 yards. But I guess I don't have to tell you that.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Nope, WAM, I heard it plenty of times. :-)

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

It's the ballistic twin of the 30-30.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter-
SOG and recon is another type of rat killin', but the easiest way I know to get a frag in your lap, or attract a whole lot of "friendly" fire, is to open up with a communist weapon in the middle of a firefight in a line company. Like you said, the sounds are distinct and very different.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

He He! A good way to attract unwanted attention from an M-60 gunner!

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