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lead 7.62x39

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by yotesmoker, May 1, 2009.

  1. yotesmoker

    yotesmoker New Member

    I have been a reloader for many many years.For all those years I was strictly a handgun man.Once I retired to the mountains I started to get interested in rifles.Don't understand why but I settled down to one caliber,the 7.62x39.I have a cz carbine,an AR-15,a ruger mini-30,and a ruger mark 11,all in that caliber.I have a lot of surplus ammo stored away for my rifles.Now I want to start reloading for them.I'm finding a serious shortage problem finding reloading components.I want to find a mfg who sells lead bullets for loading my rifles.I do a tremendous amount of plinking so am looking to purchase many thousands of heads from 123gr to 165gr [appx].I used to cast my own way back but don't want to any more.I've got enough brass,powder and primers to last my lifetime but need lead heads.Can someone point me in the right direction?
  2. NuJudge

    NuJudge New Member

  3. yotesmoker

    yotesmoker New Member

    bore size

    OK,found a couple of lead bullets to use.With a .310 bore do I use a head in .310.....311 or 312?
  4. xsquidgator

    xsquidgator New Member

    Slug your bores to find out what size you need. I put a little oil on a ball from some OO buck and ran it through. You should end up needing 0.312" but do this to see exactly what it is your guns can use.

    I suggest casting your own 7.62x39 bullets. For about $18 you can get a 2 cavity Lee 160 grain mold that does nicely. I've found that I can shoot water-quenched wheelweights (BHN around 15-18) at 1900 fps and up without problems in my rifles, including AK and SKS. They don't have as much umph to them as do factory made 125 grain jacketed bullets, but they're also only 8 cents each (powder plus primer). I figure 160 grains going 1800 fps ain't nothin' to sneeze at.

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