Nosler 7.62x39, 123 Grain Prototype, Hunting Performance?

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  1. Swampman

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    I've heard good things about the accuracy of this bullet, but I haven't found much information about what happens when the metal hits the meat.

    I'm not even sure if it's designed and constructed as a medium game type, or a varmint bullet.

    Does anyone have any experience or information regarding the performance of these projectiles on varmints, game or gel?
     
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    Nosler's 123gr 7.62x39 bullet is .308" dia. :confused: They ready make a .308" dia. 125gr BT?
     
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    Thanks for the link Marcus.

    According to one of the folks that posted there:
    Darn. :(
    I was kinda hoping that they'd have a thicker jacket and be suitable for pigs.

    My supply of 130 grain Sierra single shot pistol bullets is almost tapped out and I'm looking for an affordable, easy to load replacement. The SSP's are only .308 diameter, but they give reasonable hunting accuracy and kill very well.

    I've got a couple of cast loads that kill pretty good when the alloy is soft enough, but 6 or 8 quick shots will solder my AK's piston into the gas block even when I double powder coat the bullets.
    Water dropped wheel weights don't foul the gas system near as bad, but they won't drop even a small hog very quickly unless you hit the brain or spine. That's almost impossible to do (at least for me) aside from the first shot at an unspooked sounder.

    Any suggestions for an affordable, effective hog bullet in 7.62x39?

    I've already tried the Hornady V-Max and Z-Max, they didn't give me enough penetration.
     
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    Try to find some Speer 123gr. soft points they are .310". They are the best i have ever tried in that caliber for deer.
     
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    Thanks BigBore45.
    I checked Midway, Midsouth and a couple others, it looks like Speer 123's are unobtainium at the moment.

    I'll keep my eyes open and buy a couple hundred next time I'm placing an order and they're available.

    I'm not desperate right now, but the price on those Noslers would have been appealing if they'd been suitable.
     
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    I've loaded the Speers and somewhere ca me up with some Winchester 123 gr. PowerPoints. The Barnes TSX should be a dandy and give great penetration.

    Why Nosler would make their 123 gr. bullet a varmint bullet is a mystery to me. The main things folks hunt with using the 7.62x39 are deer and hogs.

    Oh well, as cheap as they are they'll be great for practice and plinking.

    35W
     
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    @Marcus T
    Thanks for the word on Bud's.

    Not only are they in stock, but the price is lower than Midsouth or Midway.
    I've gotten guns and magazines from Bud's in the past, but I've never really looked at their reloading section.

    @35 Whelen
    I know that the Barnes TSX would work, but man alive they're pricey!

    I think I paid six bucks a hundred when I picked up the 130 grain SSP's as shopworn/blems a few years back.
     
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