Hunted with Brown Bear 125gr SP? 7.62x39


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KBintheSLC
September 5, 2008, 05:29 PM
Just wondering what the real-world performance is of the 125 gr 7.62x39 Brown Bear Soft Points. Have any of you folks used this ammo on living targets?

I just ordered a case of these, and I'm wondering how they compare to the performance of a good American made 7.62x39 hunting round.

Expansion, velocity, accuracy... etc.

Thanks.

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KBintheSLC
September 6, 2008, 12:00 PM
Not one of you has tried it? I guess I am going to have to perform some tests and post the results.

browningguy
September 6, 2008, 12:25 PM
I would not be the one to try it, even in my Yugo SKS WInchester factory rounds are more accurate than any of the Russion/Eastern Euro rounds I have tried.

With the cost of hunting using cheap ammo is just a waste of time, in my opinion. Even if you spend triple the amount of money you are talking $30 instead of $10, which is a tiny percentage of a hunting trips cost.

Sunray
September 6, 2008, 12:57 PM
"...ordered a case..." You should have tried one box first. Your rifle may or may not shoot it well.
In any case, a 125 grain SP 7.62 x 39 will do for deer out to 100 yards or so. The energy drops off quickly past 100 yards. The bullets drop like bricks past 200, but there's not enough energy to be shooting at deer sized game past 125 or so.

35 Whelen
September 6, 2008, 01:19 PM
My take on the foreign hunting ammo is this:
If they can manufacture it thousands of miles away, and ship it waaaay over here, then sell it for less than Winchester, Remington, or Federal soft point ammunition, then there has to have been some corners cut somewhere, and I suspect it's in the quality of the components.
I buy the Barnaul, or whatever is cheapest for my Yugo, and I shoot this stuff for fun. But for hunting, I used to buy the Remington factory loaded 125 gr. SP, but then started reloading and now load the Winchester 125 gr. Soft Point. For no more shooting than you'll do while deer hunting, the extra price won't amount to much.
If I were you, I be happy target shooting with the Brown Bear SP's and pickup a box of U.S. made commercial SP ammo. Federal loads a 123 gr. Power Shok for the 7.62x39. I bet it'd do just fine for deer.
35W

Picard
September 6, 2008, 01:37 PM
It should be fine. Try shooting at some lined up milk jugs to see how it expands but I bet it could easily take down medium-sized game.

45B@cav
September 6, 2008, 08:09 PM
Try 154gr soft point Wolf. They work great on hogs.

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