Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CoalCrackerAl, Apr 6, 2022.
Another thing too. The bolt is hard to lock down with a round in the chamber.
And in my experience with several Ruger American's the chambers seem to be cut to pretty close tolerances and are often a little hard to close.
Agree. What I call hunting groups and target groups can be, and I assume often are, quite different. LOL, my " minute of coyote " groups with my Savage .223 Storm hunting rifle would never make it with a dedicated target shooter but a coyote would REALLY find them disagreeable !
How is the report with 7.62x39 from your rifle?
I am thinking about one, was looking at Ruger, then CZ is coming up with the 600 line, I think I like the Ergo, which can be pre-ordered now in Canada. There are still some brand new 527 carbines available here... They look better, but my best iron sights days are behind me and I believe the overall usability of a synthetic stocked rifle, easy to mount a scope on with a good shooting position, would satisfy me more than good looking wood and blue. It's just that I love wood and blue! Hope I won't regret not having bought one when it was still available.
Me neither. Heard some just beside me at the range, old surplus semis spraying targets with lead. Inaccurate to say the least. Never the same as shooting one though. Thinking of replacing my .223 with a 7.62x39, or maybe just a beautiful and better .223. not decided. Might also just add to the family.
When I mount a scope or have a problem like described I will look closely as I try to wiggle the scope and even lightly thump the scope at the ends with a fist. If that moves the scope *at all* there is a problem with the mount.
If the scope and/or mount cannot handle some side pressure or a light thump that’s another problem.
Good is better than quick.
I don't get good groups with that S&B 7.62x39 ammo in either my AR or my Howa, but it isn't that bad. I haven't tried the berry's bullets for it yet, I honestly just got dies for 7.62x39 last week because I got such good results shooting steel case ammo and didn't feel a need to load for it. Now that the steel case stuff is getting hard to find, I decided it was finally time to start loading it. It was the only cartridge I shoot but don't (didn't) load for.
Once you get your issue sorted out, I will look forward to hearing how your Ruger does with those Berry's bullets over unique. I really like the 150 grain Berry's bullet over unique in my .30-30 for plinking.
Bottom line though, from my experience with a Howa in 7.62x39 that shoots MOA with steel case, and a Ruger American in 6.5CM that shoots MOA, something is off. If you are anything like me, once you find the problem, you are going to really like that cartridge in a bolt gun.
Also, check the barrel for heavy leading.
I've never used Unique, but 9 grains sounds like not even enough to push it out of the barrel. Every other powder I've seen data for is at
around 18grs for starting charge.
It is a powderpuff load, but should be plenty to send the bullet downrange. I have used anywhere between 8 and 10 grains of unique under a 150 grain bullet in a .30-30 case, which has a higher case volume than the 7.62x39. The recoil is light, but it makes for a nice plinking round.
As soon as I see those 123gr .311 Berry's bullets pop up in stock somewhere I will definitely be grabbing some to play with.
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