Hi all, My brother just bought himself a Ruger Mini 30. He also bought a lot of Tulammo and Brown Bear for plinking. I want to load up an new magazine with good hunting ammo and give it to him for Christmas. Anyone here hunt with a 7.62x39? What brand ammo would you recommend? Thanks.
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November 16, 2012, 09:58 PM
Any hunting ammo approx. 123 gr soft nose will do the job.
Do not use full metal jacket ammo
Watch out for Russian ammo stamped" hunting ammo"" some of it is full metal jack--no good for deer
November 16, 2012, 10:35 PM
silver bear soft points, perhaps?
there are US-made brass-case ammo options, they're expensive Maybe a box of 3-4 types along with that magazine, and an offer to spot for him on the range when he figures out which works best
November 16, 2012, 10:43 PM
The cost isn't a problem. I use Remington ammo for my hunting. I don't see that they make a PSP Core-Lokt in 7.62x39.
November 17, 2012, 12:18 AM
PPU (Levi Partisan) makes a 123gr round nose JJSP. I get mine from Ammo2Go for @ .52 a round. Check it out.
November 17, 2012, 12:19 AM
I used to buy a lot of PMC soft point hunting ammo.
But for many years now I reload Hornady 123 gr SP
November 17, 2012, 08:52 AM
Cor-Bon loads a 150gr Sierra Game King bullet. Believe me, they work.
Centerfire systems has 500 rd packs of 123 and 154gSP for the same prices with free delivery/shipping for the next few days or so their email flyer says.
November 17, 2012, 01:04 PM
Thanks for all the replies! I've got an idea of what to look for.
November 17, 2012, 04:44 PM
what about wolf jacketed hollow points?
November 19, 2012, 09:31 AM
Winchester Power Point ammo is TOPS!!
November 19, 2012, 09:56 AM
I cannot recommend American loaded 7.62x39 ammunition, like all metric calibers we dumb of down and underload it to the time of appx 200fps compared to Russian or European loadings.
IMO at 2100 fps the 154g tula/wolf load is tops.
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November 19, 2012, 10:51 AM
My fave is the 154 wolf soft point. The "hollow points" are cosmetic and I don't trust 'em on game. The 154 is also more accurate, the most accurate load i've tried in my SKS. It shoots about 2" at 100 yards, better than the 3" or 3"+ I get from the 123 grain stuff. It's also CHEAP to buy in bulk.
November 19, 2012, 06:05 PM
I'm not sure if Lapua soft point hunting ammo is still available in 7.62x39R but the 123gr JSP used to be my favorite. Or was it Sako? Can't remember, that was a long time ago.
November 19, 2012, 06:10 PM
Couple "Book of the AK-47"'s (or whatever that yearly Guns and Ammo magazine is called) they tested various loads and the 123gr Silver Bear soft point did a nice and consistent mushroom.
The 123gr HP's were basically FMJ's that liked to fragment.
Sadly they didn't test the 154gr SP's but I've heard similar reviews to what others have said in this forum.
Barring that...I'd try to find some of the boutique stuff. Skip the $13+ American brass cased stuff unless they're finally putting fancy/proven/good bullets in them.
November 19, 2012, 07:46 PM
Thanks for all the replies! None of the LGSs in my area carry any of the brands youv'e mentioned. I'll be going to Cabelas, in Glendale AZ, around Thanksgiving. I'll take my list and check there. Thanks again!
November 19, 2012, 10:20 PM
You don't have Academy there? They have Tula 154 SP, saw it in an advertizing flyer in our Sunday paper.