i wouldnt use it on a bear but softpoints should work just fine on mountain lions and such.
the ballistic flight path is similar to a 30-30 but the terminal impact effect is substantially less than a 30-30. the diff tween a 30-30 and 7.62x39 is about what a 357mag is to a 38spl.
there arent many decent bullets for hunting with a 7.62x39 unless you reload. i would pick a different round
i would go with a lever action 45-70 for backpacking if i couldnt take my 458 socom.
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The 7.62x39 was made for killing men about 120-250 pd man at medium range. It's an ok deer round but I would carry something bigger. I have Winchester model 94 in 30-30 and thats my trail gun, kill anything in kentucky short of my mother in law but that why I'm getting an elephant rifle (not really). Actually the bullet from my 30-30 and my mosin are the same diameter give or take a hundredth of an inch. I sometimes carry my Taurus Circuit judge but it really depends on my mood and who I'm with.
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This is mainly a hypothetical question because I don't go out in the woods that often.
Note, I'm not in bear country. I have heard we have small "Sugar bears" down here, but no grizzlies or anything of that sort. We do have mountain lions and hogs though.
Ok let me put this in a different way.
Let's say you're out in the wild and THE ONLY GUN YOU HAVE is an AK and 30 rounds of ammo. You stumble upon a bear that doesn't look too happy. You empty the entire mag into the bear. Many of the rounds hit more vital areas while some don't. Will the bear drop, or is the 7.62x39 more like a bee sting to him?
Let's say you're out in the wild and THE ONLY GUN YOU HAVE is an AK and 30 rounds of ammo. You stumble upon a bear that doesn't look too happy. You empty the entire mag into the bear. Many of the rounds hit more vital areas while some don't.