Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Newtosavage, Feb 20, 2017.
Of course that's all brass cased. Either way the Monarch is decent stuff for the price.
The brass cased Monarch is usually PPU, the steel cased is Barnaul, as far as I can tell. Its Academy's "house brand". If you buy enough of it the maker will put pretty much whatever you want on the box. At under $6 a box, I'd wager its is steel cased Monarch.
Edit: I would, however, be a little cautious using any of these for hunting because even the HP & SP rounds tend to have minimal expansion due to the steel jacket. It may sound ridiculous, but handloading is probably the best option for the hunter wanting to use 7.62x39mm (I use Hornady 123gr. SSTs or the elusive/discontinued V-Max bullets). There are some factory loads that afford suitable performance, but they tend to be both costly and somewhat difficult to find.
Before going this route, I'd suggest you try some the 158gr SP 7.62x39 Wolf/Tula ammo. There are youTube videos shooting it in gel blocks. It does pretty well.
I've tried it, but it has delivered subpar accuracy for me, so I tend to stay away from it and just stick to handloads for anything but plinking ammo (which is largely what I shoot).
Having said all that, this particular Monarch ammo delivers an honest 2500 fps. over the chrono in my gun, a fact that really surprised me. And I would not hesitate to hunt pigs with it. So far I've taken one shot at one large boar, and it didn't take a step. Impressive performance from the little 'ol round I would say. I've seen them go further when hit with a much larger gun.
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