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kirby62 03-16-2008 08:32 PM

What's the range of a 7.62 x 39?
I just got a scope mount for my Saiga 7.62 x 39 rifle. I don't know how powerful of a scope to put on it. Can someone help?

1hole 03-17-2008 12:42 AM

From what I know of the rifle and cartridge, anything over a fixed 4x is wasted. No scope can help you hit, it only helps you see and a 4x makes a 200 Yd. target look like it's only 50 yards away, surely anyone can hit the target with that sight picture.

kirby62 03-17-2008 12:44 AM

So you're saying that a 7.62 is accurate til about 200 yards?

1hole 03-17-2008 01:09 PM

Well, accuracy is a relitive thing and accuracy it ain't the cartridge, it's the launch vehicle. You should be "minute of deer" at 200 yards but only range testing it can tell. But the launch velocity limits the effective trajectory to around 200 yards with any significant terminal energy.

That cartridge and rifle isn't designed for long range deer hunting, it was intended for close in "spray and pray" people shooting and for that it works well.

kirby62 03-17-2008 01:30 PM

Thanks for the info! Well that sucks. I guess i'll do what you said and see what I can get out of it. If I find that my saiga is a spray and pray, what would you recommend to replace it with? (if you can, look at my gallery. I may have what your suggesting. Plus i'm waiting for a .308 AR-10.)

gnoll 03-17-2008 05:57 PM

now i have an SKS with a 4-12 by 42 scope made by famous maker (thats there name a cheep gun a cheep scope) and i am getting 2" groups at 500 yards give or take a yard or to my range finder is old
im not saying that 500 yards is long range just that is wat im getting

kirby62 03-17-2008 06:36 PM

Thanks gnoll. That makes me want to keep the saiga. I hear it's the best russian made shooter out there.

gnoll 03-17-2008 07:00 PM

well never had the opportunity to get my hands around one my self but have herd good things

1hole 03-17-2008 08:42 PM

I would say again, for accuracy "...only range testing it can tell." But, with that cartridge, a 4x will be plenty of magnification.

gnoll 03-17-2008 11:19 PM

never go with wat you need get more that so you have some thing to play with
(get your minds out of the gutter now)
never underestimate the power of a weapon in competent hands

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