hunting bullet advice for 7.62x39 out of a yugo sks


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bhhacker
December 26, 2012, 03:00 AM
I have been eyeballing the 135 Grain RNFPfrom missouri bullet co. Has anyone had any good luck with these?

I am looking for something inexpensive that I can take deer with from within 100 yards and i know that with the #2 whitetail in my 30-30 i used to own this stuff in 165gr was super accurate.


If you have any other bullets or info id sure appreciate it!

I picked the wrong time to get a great deal on a gun that has no ammo available for it :P

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blarby
December 26, 2012, 08:10 AM
I picked the wrong time to get a great deal on a gun that has no ammo available for it :P


NAh........



http://www.midwayusa.com/product/641174/prvi-partizan-ammunition-762x39mm-123-grain-round-nose-soft-point-box-of-20

In stock, and on sale, ta boot !

While in theory you can take any deer with any bullet, we'd all appreciate it if you at least attempted to use something that would expand :)

If you felt so inclined, you can make these HP's with a 1/16" - 1/8" twist drill in about a minute per cartridge

Still feel like loading ?

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1165186764/hornady-bullets-762x39mm-310-diameter-123-grain-spire-point

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/769114/hornady-interlock-bullets-762x39mm-310-diameter-123-grain-sst-boat-tail-box-of-100

Either way, have fun !

Sam1911
December 26, 2012, 08:26 AM
Cast lead bullets have been taking game for centuries now, without any need for hollow points, cool as those are. Unjacketed or exposed tip lead bullets deform and mushroom quite well -- see the proliferation of Winchester Silvertips and Remington Core-Lokt, etc, etc, styles. No hollow point on that exposed lead tip and a jacket to actually LIMIT expansion, not promote it.

My concern would be with leading if you drive those down you barrel at rifle velocities, especially with the concern of putting that lead residue into the gas system. That's what jacketed bullets really do for you -- keep lead out of your bore and gas port.

I've had good success with Sierra (and other) bullets intended for the .303 British as they're .311". Never shot them at game, but I've had surprising accuracy up at the 150 gr. level, and even with 180s!

blarby
December 26, 2012, 09:10 AM
My concern would be with leading if you drive those down you barrel at rifle velocities, especially with the concern of putting that lead residue into the gas system. That's what jacketed bullets really do for you -- keep lead out of your bore and gas port.


A very worthy point !

We here at THR should be able to come up with a gas port filter or something :) We're the best.... we need to get on this !

cpileri
December 26, 2012, 09:29 AM
Dear Sam 1911,
Can you share the load data and Cartridge OAL you used w the 180gr bullets in the 7.62x39? That would be a nice addition to the Yugo SKS versatility.
Many thanks, and Happy new Year!
C-

Sam1911
December 26, 2012, 09:41 AM
I will try and dig out that info. I think I posted it once before. Some of my old reload info is in a mild state of discombobulation at the moment, but I'll try.

Sam1911
December 26, 2012, 09:54 AM
Ok...found my old boxes. DISCLAIMER: These are simply rounds I made once. No guarantees of safety or suitability apply at all. In fact, don't use these if you can't find supporting documentation from a reputable loading guide.

The 150s were as follows:
150 gr. Hornady .312" SP
28.0 gr. H335
WLR primer
2.185" OAL

The 180s looked like this:
180 gr. Sierra SP
22.0 gr. RL7
WLR primer
2.200" OAL

Again, find verification of these elsewhere before you make these or use them yourself.

cpileri
December 26, 2012, 10:47 AM
I sure will. Thanks though, as i have been looking for a heavier load for the SKS for some time.
C-

bhhacker
December 26, 2012, 03:24 PM
Unfortunately I cannot buy any ammo as I live in Alaska and no one wants to deal with the hazmat stuff.

I have to "roll my own" or pay through the nose for ammo.


Sam- You used a .321 for shooting through an sks? I have heard of .308-.312 but not that far over.

Sam1911
December 26, 2012, 06:17 PM
Oh good heavens! No, no...meant to type 0.312". I'll go edit.

bhhacker
December 27, 2012, 12:49 PM
Does anyone know what diameter bullet is used most with the 7.62x39 factory ammo?

I have heard that the .308 is too small and that i will probably want .311 to .312 but i havent slugged out the barrel and honestly probably wont go that route.


I just want bullets that are the same diameter as Tula ammo because that seems to shoot very well out of my yugo.


Just used my calipers to measure the diameter of tula ammo and it apppears to be .310 Does anyone else get anything different?

Navy_Guns
December 27, 2012, 01:02 PM
Good thread - I have been looking for this info, have some reloadable Winchester FMJ that I may pull the bullets from. Nice thing about the Yugo is I can turn off the gas system and cycle the bolt manually to make sure I don't lose the cases.

Sam1911
December 27, 2012, 01:09 PM
All of the "foreign" stuff is going to be .311" or so (+/- 0.001"), measured at the driving band area. I think some of the US-made stuff might use .308" bullets, but there seems to be very little difference when fired.

I stick with 0.312" bullets for the SKS and AKM.

Sam1911
December 27, 2012, 01:09 PM
All of the "foreign" stuff is going to be .311" or so (+/- 0.001"), measured at the driving band area. I think some of the US-made stuff might use .308" bullets, but there seems to be very little difference when fired.

I stick with 0.312" bullets for the SKS and AKM.

bhhacker
December 27, 2012, 03:33 PM
I have some 150 grain hornady softpoints in .308 that i might try to see how they shoot.


I have them left over from when i loaded 30-30.

I bet the 135 grainer flat nose cast bullets from missouri bullet co would be a fun round to shoot or hunt game with.


I think i may order some of those too

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