7.62X39MM AMMO

7.62×39 Ammo Common Uses & History

Developed during and after World War II, the 7.62x39mm cartridge was first chambered in the RPD light machine gun. 7.62x39mm ammo is primarily used in SKS and AK rifles and delivers good medium range performance. Although no longer used by the Russian military for front line service, it is extremely common anywhere AK pattern rifles are used. This cartridge has a tapered steel case that aids in its feeding and extraction; this taper gives AK magazines their “banana” shape.7.62X39MM AMMO

7.62×39 Ammo Types

Most 7.62x39mm ammunition fires 122 or 123 grain full metal jacket bullets at a muzzle velocity of about 2,400 feet per second. The caliber delivers good penetration, good medium range performance, and reasonable accuracy.

Although it was not designed for hunting, 7.62x39mm ammo can be adapted for harvesting game with appropriate soft point ammo. Soft point rounds mushroom for lethal effect on boar, deer, and other game without fragmenting and destroying edible meat. This caliber is not suitable for larger game, however.

7.62×39 ammunition is usually made in Eastern Europe using inexpensive steel cases; while not reloadable, this bulk ammo is highly affordable for high volume target shooting. Notable brands of this type include Wolf, Tula, and Barnaul’s Bear series. These loads usually have non corrosive Berdan primers. Shooters who need brass-cased, Boxer primed rounds can choose from a number of offerings from Fiocchi, PMC, Prvi Partizan, Winchester, and others; these can be reloaded and are allowed at some ranges where steel is prohibited.

Known broadly as the cartridge of the AK-47 and SKS rifles, the 7.62x39mm has become one of the favorite choices of shooters for its ability in taking down targets and its versatility. Cheaper Than Dirt! has everything from the standard full metal jacket to soft point rounds, in stock and ready to ship right to your door. Have a favorite brand? We carry it. We offer 7.62×39 ammo from all the top manufacturers like TulAmmo, Wolf and Federal. Take a look at our assortment of 7.62×39 ammunition and stock up today!

7.62x39mm hunting ammo

The 7.62×39mm (aka 7.62 Soviet formerly .30 Russian Short)[5] round is a rimless bottlenecked intermediate cartridge of Soviet origin. The cartridge is widely used due to the worldwide proliferation of Russian SKS and AK-47 pattern rifles, as well as RPD and RPK light machine guns.

The AK-47 was designed shortly after WWII, later becoming the world’s most widespread military-pattern rifle. The cartridge remained the Soviet standard until the 1970s. It was largely replaced in Soviet service by the 5.45×39mm cartridge, which was introduced with the new AK-74 rifle, and continues in service with the modernized current-issue Russian Armed Forces AK-74M service rifle, as well as the AK-12 rifle. In the 21st century the 7.62×39mm remains a common service rifle chambering, including for newly developed rifles like the AK-15.7.62x39mm ammo for sale

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