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Old 08-09-2011, 10:04 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jdwohlers View Post
is brown bear still really thick with that laquer coating or have they stopped doing that?
Some of the older stuff is laquer coated but the new brown bear ammo is polymer coated.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:18 AM   #12
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Default Depends upon the reason you have either weapon...

The 7.62X39 is more than adequate as a hunting weapon/self defense platform. IF you keep it for deer/hogs and such, it's adequate to the task. For self defense, it's also adequate to the task. Why? The bullets are 122 to 154gr in weight, and they are generally accurate to 300m, though with better ammo quality, better weapon design/manufacture/shooter skills, range and target size can be increased...

I DON'T like the 5.56, or the 5.45. Why? Too small a bullet diameter, cross sectional density, and fragility of the bullet itself. True, ballistic coefficient is better, but to what extent does that play at the ranges tasked for those rounds, versus combat distances in the real world?

The 7.62X39, or the AK, is known around the world as "The Widow Maker." Second generation Soviet bullets had a void in the forward portion of the projectile. Aft, the bullet's lead core would slam forward, usually in the first 3cm of penetration. This would instantly destabilize the projectile, much as did the early 5.56rds from the M16 of the Vietnam era. Being larger and heavier, the 7.62X39 round wrecks extraordinary damage to whatever flesh, organs, and systems it encounters...

Why go with a lesser round? At least the Soviets and their successors tried to emulate the M16 in performance, but unfortunately for us, their weapons are more reliable than ours. Still, I wouldn't want to get hit with any of the above rounds, but choose, instead, to rely upon 7.62X39 for short range, up close and personal, usage...
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