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Old 03-16-2012, 03:15 AM   #1
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a good bold action 7.62x39 rifle should be a good hunting rifle

30.06 from a 24" barrel 150 grain bullet has a muzzle velocity of 2,910 fps 2,820 ft. lbs At 200 yards the figures are 2,342 fps and 1,827 ft. lbs

.308 from a 24" barrel 150 grain bullet has muzzle velocity of 2,820 fps and muzzle energy of 2,648 ft. lbs. The figures at 200 yards are 2,263 fps and 1,705 ft. lbs.

30-30 from a 20" barrel 150 grain bullet has a muzzle velocity of 2,390 fps and 1,605 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy and at 200 yards the velocity is 1,902 fps and the energy is 858 ft. lbs

7.62x39 from a 16" barrel 123 grain FMJ bullet (SD .182) at a muzzle velocity of 2365 fps with a muzzle energy of 1552 ft. lbs. At 100 yards the velocity has dropped to 2062 fps and the energy to 1180 ft. lbs. At 200 yards the velocity is 1783 fps and the energy is 882 ft. lbs. The trajectory for the 7.62x39 looks like this: +1.5" at 100 yards, 0 at 150 yards, -3.8" at 200 yards, -10.4" at 250 yards.

now i cant find any figures on 7.62x39 from a 24" barrel so take in to consideration that the 7.62x39 isn't getting a fair run coming from a barrel that's 8" shorter and semi auto where the 308 and 30.06 are coming from a bolt action with 8" more barrel,,, this makes a big difference

30.06 150g bullet
muzzle 2,910 fps/2,820 ft. lbs
200 yards 2,342 fps/1,827 ft. lbs

.308 150g bullet
muzzle 2,820 fps/2,648 ft. lbs
200 yards 2,263 fps/1,705 ft. lbs.

7.62x54r 150g bullet (23" barrel)
muzzle 2,700 fps/2,193 ft.lbs
200 yards 2,428 fps/1,602 ft. lbs.

30-30 150g bullet
muzzle 2,390 fps/1,605 ft. lbs.
200 yards 1,902 fps/858 ft. lbs.

7.62x39 123g bullet
muzzle 2365 fps/1552 ft. lbs
200 yards 1783 fps/882 ft. lbs

seems to me that for 100-200 yard hunting rifle the 7.62x39 is much cheaper to shoot and would be a worthy rifle for short range bush hunting and should be quite capable of deer and other mid size game with great effect

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I have to agree. It is roughly equivalent to the 30-30 so anything you could do with it you should be able to do with the 7.62X39. There are 150 grn SP rounds available also. There are a few bolt actions available. The one I like best is the CZ527 Carbine (18.5"). Ruger and Savage also chamber bolts for it. The Ruger Mini 30 Ranch which is a semi would also make a good hunter for deer and hogs and has an 18" barrel. I have an older Mini 30 and would use it for hunting if I still hunted.

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I have to agree. It is roughly equivalent to the 30-30 so anything you could do with it you should be able to do with the 7.62X39. There are 150 grn SP rounds available also. There are a few bolt actions available. The one I like best is the CZ527 Carbine (18.5"). Ruger and Savage also chamber bolts for it. The Ruger Mini 30 Ranch which is a semi would also make a good hunter for deer and hogs and has an 18" barrel. I have an older Mini 30 and would use it for hunting if I still hunted.
just edited in the 30-30 thank u for that and yes they are surprisingly close
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It should be an entirely capable round for deer hunting. I suggest though that you use a soft point bullet when hunting instead of a FMJ.
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also just added some 7.62x54r to show that is closer to 308 than its it to 30.06 which is contrary to popular belief

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Plenty of guys in my neck of the woods have been usin sks for a long time now on deer.

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also just added some 7.62x54r to show that is closer to 308 than its it to 30.06 which is contrary to popular belief
But your 7.62x54r data is wrong. A 150gr bullet can be pushed to 2900fps.
Cartridges of the World, 11th edition, page 355, has it at 2800fps w/ a fast burning powder, imr3031. Use the correct powder such as imr4064 and it is a new ballgame. The Norma factory load w/ a 150gr SP is 2950fps.
Hodgdon has every powder listed over 2900fps w/ max load, BLC(2) is 3029fps w/ a 150gr.
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Plenty of guys in my neck of the woods have been usin sks for a long time now on deer.
Yup, same down here. Roses store sold chinese SKS's like hotcakes back in the mid & late 1980's; i almost bought one as a kid. I think convenience was part of it, "kill it and grill it with the same rifle"; gotta love a spike bayonet.
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To the original question, The 7.62x39 makes a great woods gun in the SKS. My old FFL had a bolt gun w/ a 23" barrel. He also had cases of Lapua 123gr HP. Very accurate. He had about a 200 yard clearing off his back porch. He used it on Woodchucks, skunks, coyotes. He put extra feed out in the Winter for Whitetail. He gave up hunting when he became wheelchair bound.

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I'd have to buy a wagon for some of those rifles. 24", holy hell.

Velocity is nice but what about bullet choice. 7.62x39 just doesn't have the bullet variety as rounds like the .308.

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