February 23, 2009, 07:00 PM
I am a new member and remember a post on dies and reload brass for this caliber, Could I get any imformation on this shell and who is relaoding this, I have several boxes of it when it was out there and would like to see if I can either reload it myself or buy reloads from members here. SOG has the CZ52 on sale again but it shows it as the 7.62x39 so either it has the insert in it or it is a typo and they really mean 7.62.45 or VZ52 $149.00 you should check it out if anyone if anyone is intersted i order one just to see if it is the 39 shell, if not I will have 2 of them.
February 23, 2009, 09:23 PM
It's corrosive, berdan primed, lacquered, etc.
Not a lot of fun to reload, thanks to all the above factors. It hasn't been imported in a very long time, meaning your best bet is to handload.
New 7.62x45 brass can be formed from 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schonauer, 6.5x51 Carcano, and .220 Swift parent cases.
I've been selling reloadable 7.62x45 VZ-52 brass for a while now, as has Buffalo Arms.
It ain't cheap, but I've gotten at minimum about 1/2 dozen reloadings out of my reformed and annealed brass.
The 7.62x45 Czech M52 round isn't much more powerful than the 7.62x39 Soviet M43 round. Get a pound or two of Accurate Arms 1680, and use the upper-end load data of the 7.62x39 as a starting point. The garden-variety 123gr AK bullets work just fine in the VZ-52.
If the rifle you found is a true 7.62x39, then it'll be marked as a VZ-52/57, meaning it has the correct chamber dimensions, instead of the glued-in chamber insert, which is an accident waiting to happen. The Czechs made the shorter-chambered VZ-52/57 for a year or so before coming out with their VZ-58 carbine, chambered for the 7.62x39 and looking quite similar to an AK-47. (It's a totally different beast in construction and operation, however)