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Bulk 7.62X39 Brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by giggitygiggity, Nov 8, 2009.

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  1. giggitygiggity

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    Does anyone know where I can get bulk quantities of 7.62X39 brass? I am researching to see i I would be able to reload cheaper than Wolf and other manufacturers sell their 7.62X39 for. Thanks.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    widners did have IMI pretty cheap
     
  4. Shoney

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    I only load from the very few reloadable 7.62X39 cases I find.

    It is hard for me to pay around $300/1000 for cases, when I can buy 1000 or 1260 rounds for about $220.
     
  5. SSN Vet

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    your question highlights the "problem" loading for 7.62x39...

    Brass...

    I have yet to find a single reloadable case at the range.

    I bought on bag of 50 cases and over some time I purchased some 5 boxes of domestic brass cased ammo. (back b4 the Obama scare) and saved the brass.

    That's it....I have a whopping 150 cases.

    Not much to write home about.
     
  6. giggitygiggity

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    From what I can find, 7.62x39 brass is expensive and I'll have to reload thousands of rounds before I can make up the cost of just the brass. I'm probably better of just buying the steel cased stuff and not having to worry about reloading for an AK. Is this a fair assessment?
     
  7. R.W.Dale

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    Pretty much


    Handloading for 7.62x39 or .223 for that matter only makes sense if you're looking to make a load for a specific task such as hunting or match use. But for just sending lead downrange I have well over 1k of steel cased rifle fodder on hand
     
  8. evan price

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    It took me two years of serious scrounging to come up with about 600 boxer primed brass cases. About the time I was finally set up, I sold the last of my x39 rifles. That brass sold quick!
     
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    Here in France we can get 7.63x39 brass, not cheap though. However it is generally good quality brass either from Privi or Lapua. Luckily the S&B ammo I have is boxer primed and can be reloaded.
     
  10. armoredman

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    I bought Winchester over the years, have a few hundred, reload all the time. It may not be cheaper, but when I can't find 7.62x39mm ammo close to home, I can still go shooting. Bought a mould for the bullet too, with gas checks, STILL haven't tried any out...
     
  11. SSN Vet

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    When you do get around to it... I'd suggest not using a .312 sizing die to seat your checks. I've had NO luck with my cast boolits (cast from WWs, checked and sized to .312). I finally found a .314 sizing die, which should seat the check and not size the boolit at all, but haven't had the time to fiddle around with it yet.

    This is the only way, imo, to make reloading x39 "economical"... not that that's the only reason to do it.

    buy 100 rounds of Privi Partisan...

    Have fun shooting them... then reload your home cast bullets for the price of a primer, a gas check and your powder.

    Then make that brass last as long as you can.
     
  12. DBR

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    One thing that may help the brass last longer is to not set the shoulder back any more than necessary to function in your gun.
     
  13. delta5

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    Post 7 got me wondering...
     
  14. R.W.Dale

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    +100

    I have a case gauge to determine thus but before I sold my 7.62x39 ar15 upper I had one batch of 20 cases that were about to be loaded for the 14th time.

    R-P small primer pocket cases
     
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    I haven't had any luck with Win X39 cases, neck splits after a few loadings. surprised that PMC has done well. (the ammo itself ain't much to brag about though)
     
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    If he's shooting from a Kalashnikov action rifle... the infamous case dent may be the limiting factor. I reload dented cases... but after multiple dents, they make me wonder.

    One of my "get around to it" projects is to dip the charging handle protion of my bolt carrier into the liquid vinyl tool dip stuff that people use on channel lock and pliars handles.

    I'm 90% sure that the dent is from the ejected brass hitting the base of the charging handle.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the dent is from the ejected case hitting the rear of the top cover ejection port. I could be wrong on that though.
    A lot of us have tried different methods to prevent this, from electrical tape to door weatherstripping.
    The best luck I've had was multiple layers of black duct tape. It could be that the tape just deflects the case away from the charging handle. Who knows?
    I recently fired a couple hundred rounds of the Yugoslavian surplus M43 with the tape on the cover, and the dent wasn't visible in any of that brass.
    Too bad it's Berdan primed.
    I have several hundred each of the Winchester and Remington 7.62x39 that I haven't fired yet. I'm waiting until I have the denting thing solved.
    Pretty much all of my reloadable and reloaded stuff in this caliber will be used in an SKS, so all my tinkering is probably a wast of time.
    Still fun to persue though.
     
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    No offense, but why bother with this round? My AKs are only capable of "acceptable" accuracy, so quality isn't an issue. And, loaded ammo in this caliber is pretty affordable -- about 20 cents a round from some sources. Very hard to beat that with your own sweat.
     
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    My 7.62x39 AR15s and bolt rifles are capable of MOA accuracy if they are fed decent ammo.
     
  21. Bad Hammer

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    Same reason as any other round. Because we can.
    Don't really need any reason. I just enjoy it.
     
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    I shot lead bullets, cast from linotype, through an SKS some years ago. Worked ok & shot pretty accurately, but the gas system was literally lead-plated afterwards.....not something I'd recommend in an auto.
     
  23. nulfisin

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    Rbernie has a pretty darn good reason to load the round. I have MOA rifles, but my AKs unfortunately aren't among them. If I could get that kind of accuracy by hand loading, I'd do it. But I can't do that and I can't save any money. So, I'll load something else.
     
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