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7.62x39 Ammo Selection

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BlindReplicant, Feb 11, 2008.

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  1. BlindReplicant

    BlindReplicant Member

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    I'm interested in stockpiling ammo for an ak and was wondering what good brands there are out there. Cost really isn't too much of an issue here.
    I'm more interested in something that's reliable; ammo isn't any good if it doesn't work when you need it.
     
  2. Bazooka Joe71

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    Wolf works perfect and it's cheap so you can buy a bunch...I'd first buy small amounts of SP, HP, and FMJ to see which works the best in your rifle...For some reason the HP's are the most accurate for me...I have no idea why though.
     
  3. The_Antibubba

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    Bulgarian surplus is plentiful now, so is a good price.
     
  4. Guns R Tools

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    Bulgarian?

    Are we talking about 7.62x39mm or 7.62x25mm?

    As far as 7.62x39mm goes russian made surplus or wolf brand are very reliable and best priced.

    Russian/wolf is steel cased if that makes any difference. And all are steel jacketed with copper wash. So it will attract magnet, which is no no in some ranges due to the concern of starting fire.
     
  5. crazed_ss

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    I really like Norinco. My SKS doesnt shoot Wolf very good at all. It's not accurate and about 20% of the rounds fail to go off. It's probably just my rifle because everyone else seems to rave about wolf.

    The Norinco stuff I have is pleasingly accurate, cheap, and goes boom everytime.
     
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    Don't know about reliability. My SKS has never failed to start a cartridge, and this last time at the range had several failure to fires out of Wolf. Don't know what that's about now.
     
  8. Dave Markowitz

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    If you're going to stockpile Wolf, put it in sealed ammo cans with dessicant. The polymer coating on the steel cases provides little corrosion protection. It's rusted in my crawlspace.

    For this reason I prefer lacquer coating for steel cased 7.62x39. SKSes and AKs don't have a problem with the lacquer. Golden Tiger is lacquer coated and IME shoots as well or better than Wolf.
     
  9. Marlin 45 carbine

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    if you can find it Lapua FMJ is out there - it's the best. I got some at Auctionarms site (think it was) - great shooting stuff and reloadable too. a little pricey but still good buy, it was 300 rds.@100$ plus shpg.
     
  10. buck00

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    The price of 7.62 x 39 makes me sick (compared to what it was a few years ago). But its all relative. My buddy had a good point. He thinks $200 a case of 1000 rounds (for 7.62 x 39) is dirt cheap compared to $1 a round of match .308.

    I'd get Wolf.
     
  11. takhtakaal

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    Did anybody notice that someone said that they shoot Norinco?

    :what:

    Nothing comes out of China these days, which is why people hang onto it.
     
  12. strat81

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    Maybe I'm missing something here, but what else does one do with ammo? Short of saving a box or two if you collect that kind of stuff, why not shoot it?

    Or, maybe just sell it if it is so desirable?
     
  13. takhtakaal

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    Yes, you're missing something here. Norinco hasn't been imported since China got cut off years ago. Wolf shoots well enough.
     
  14. RockyMtnTactical

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    Wolf is the last resort for me with my AK and SKS.

    I shoot Bear and/or Barnaul if I can find it.
     
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    You can get the Norinco in laqured steel cases for $4 a box at all the local gun shows around here.

    I have had many Failure to Fires with the new wolf and never have that problem with anything else.

    IMO the best on the current production market that still has steel cases is the Century imported, SADU arsenal Romania produced, 700 round sealed tin packed "Hot-Shot" 7.62x39, its also an M67 style projo.

    The best ever is probibly Laupa, but it isnt made anymore, the best now is Privi or Igman, whichever you can find.
     
  16. eric.cartman

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    WOLF IS CRAP !!!

    I bought 1000 rounds of 7.62x39 a while ago. 1 OUT OF EVERY 10 misfired!!!

    Bought 500 rounds of Wolf .40S&W. Had to gunsmith my gun after 100 rounds... the casing cracked in the chamber and failed to eject. Had to knock it out with a metal rod.

    Absolute junk! Will never buy wolf again.

    Not to mention the horrible stink of rotten eggs.
     
  17. takhtakaal

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    No issues out of a Yugo UF through a couple hundred rounds. Personally, I wouldn't stick steel-cased ammo in anything not expressly designed around expecting it.
     
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    Yeah I don't mind the performance of bear or tiger in my commy guns, I just don't like cleaning out that lacquer
     
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    It would have to be the last thing on earth in 7.62 x 39 mm before I would put it in one of my rifles. There quality control sucks,it's the most dirty and inaccurate of any ammo I have shot. I would choose any of the others available first before Wolf, Brown Bear is actually cheaper and never had the problems like some have experienced with wolf http://ammunitiontogo.com/catalog1/index.php?cName=762x39-fmj-ammo-click-here&<osCsid> I do keep a small stash of Golden Tiger and Brown Bear but I can shoot reloads for $4 to $4.50 per 20 depending on the choice of quality bullets,spend less time cleaning all the crap off everything and get accuracy out of an SKS like most people have never thought possible.
     
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    I have had good price to quality results with Golden Tiger FMJ through my AK. I like the sealed primers, and it has never failed to fire and feed. Currently $200 per 1000.
     
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    There's a gun shop in here that has a crate of the stuff. I guess the owner stocked up awhile back. He charges 5.69 for a box. It shoots real good and accurate. I hadnt realized it wasnt imported anymore.

    Anyone in San Diego check out http://www.lamesacollectibles.com/ .. cool place.



    Hmm.. I guess it's not just me then..
     
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    I must have gotten the good batches of Wolf because I've never had a failure to go bang over several thousand rounds of wolf in 5.56 and 7.62x39 (new poly, and military classic). It does stink though.
     
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    All my wolf works.. I must have a bad batch...

    All my Silver Bear works...

    Ammunition to go has some good prices ATM...
     
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    I use monarch 7.62x39 from academy sports comes wraped in russian ammunition paper. it works flawlessy in my
    SKS
     
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    Wolf Military Classic 124gr HP's and the 125gr SP's from Brown Bear will offer reliability and the best terminal performancce for your buck. The 122gr Wolf HP is not the same thing as the 124gr Military Classic load.
     
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