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Mark_Van_Goth 09-10-2013 08:52 AM

What's the future of the 7,62x39
As a former soldier of the JNA and an operator of rifles chambered in 7,62x39, I'm wondering what's your opinion concerning the future of this caliber.Many armies have switched or are switching to the 5,56x45.

I used the m43 and m67 ammo, and I still find it very effective(especially the m67 ammo)

ADVANTAGES(compared to the 5,56):
-Great stopping power
-Great penetration power
-Has a greater effective range(it is more stable while long range shooting)
-It is available in great quantities in Europe,Asia,Africa and now even in America(In consistent quantities...nothing exceptional, but...

DISADV.(Compared tot he 5,56)
-It causes a relatively "clean" wound.THE 5.56 may tumble and cause severe damage to the tissue
-I hasn't a flatter trajectory than the 5.56.
-Is not as controllable as the 5.56
-It is heavier and you cannot bring much ammo with you(7 mag 7,62 = 10mag 5,56(info must be verified))

What is, in your opinion, the future of the 7,62x39 cartridge?

steadyshot 09-10-2013 10:05 AM

Well, considering there are a millions of these firearms chambered in the 7.62x39mm cartridge still in use around the world, I don't think the round is going to disappear any time soon.

NC1760 09-10-2013 11:43 AM


Originally Posted by steadyshot (Post 1367144)
Well, considering there are a millions of these firearms chambered in the 7.62x39mm cartridge still in use around the world, I don't think the round is going to disappear any time soon.

Agreed.. but another advantage the 5.56 has over it that you didn't list is the fact that a rifle chambered in 5.56 can also fire the .223... and a variety of weapon makes can fire that and it's commonly available... at least in non-panic times.
...While I'm not a ballistics/caliber expert, I don't think the 7.62x39 can chamber & fire any other (at least commonly available) round. If anyone can dispute or offer a rebut I would like to hear... After all, I mainly stay here at the forum to learn something now & again :)
I find it all to be a personal preference thing... and I'll never begrudge a fellow shooter of what they are comfortable with. And just like listening to Elvis AND The Beatles.... You can be a fan of both.

M605 09-10-2013 12:05 PM

I was at the Medina county Ohio GS Sunday and since this followed me home I am hoping they have a good future.
1979 Romanian AKM-47 7.62x39 with matching numbers. Receiver only had 10 rounds through it. Got to shoot it last night and it runs like a Cadillac.

303tom 09-10-2013 01:10 PM

That`s like asking what's the future of the 7.62x54R & I don`t see it going away real soon !.................

therewolf 09-10-2013 01:14 PM

The way I see it, it's so popular with recreational shooters now,

worldwide, that, like the 7.62X51, (I said "LIKE", PLEASE READ the post)

it will always have a place on the shelf at the LGS, and sporting

goods store.

If enough militaries adopt 5.56 and 5.45 rifles, cheap combloc ammo

may stop being manufactured, and get shot up. But many users are

gradually purchasing and saving the boxer primed brass for reloading,


CrazedJava 09-10-2013 04:29 PM

At this point Russia has pretty much moved away from it, right? I think I saw something late last year that Spetsnaz may be keeping some older rifles around but all regular units have moved over to 5.45mm.

What kind of future it may have really depends on the old Eastern Bloc countries, many of which made their own AK Pattern rifles. As they look to modernize will they stick with the AK or move to something newer? If they move to something else, will it be something chambered in 7.62x39mm? I'm betting they probably don't though. It seems like most countries follow the US or Russia and I'll be all those rifles using 7.62mm will eventually be replaced by 5.45mm or 5.56mm.

However, with millions of AK's in circulation and it still being the rifle of choice for much of the Middle East I don't anticipate 7.62x39mm going away in my lifetime. I do wonder if we'll see any new firearms chambered for it and find the prospect unlikely.

Jpyle 09-10-2013 04:39 PM

Russian moved away from the 7.62 x 54r in 1947 and it is still cheap and plentiful. Unless Obama issues an EO to ban the importation of military caliber ammo there is little chance that supplies of 7.62 x 39 will be depleted in your lifetime. There are tens of millions of AK and SKS rifles in circulation around the world.

therewolf 09-10-2013 08:02 PM

I think it will be interesting to see who else makes a M43 Bolt Action.

Within it's limits, IMO, it's a viable round, who's accuracy has yet

to be truly tested.

orangello 09-10-2013 08:06 PM

The continent of Africa, not to even mention the middle eastern countries, should keep people loading 7.62x39 for many many years.

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