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WTB 7.62x39 once fired reloadable brass (SC)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by HiVelocity, Mar 31, 2007.

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  1. HiVelocity

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    I know many of you are laughing. I'm hoping that a few amongst you may have a quantity of reloadable 7.62x39 once fired [with boxer primers] available to purchase.

    Let me know what quantity you have and cost.

    Thanks,

    HiVelocity in SC

    E-mail me at HiVelocity03@aol.com
     
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  3. BruceB

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    I'm not giggling, either. I'm just about to head for the shed to load some 7.62x39 for my M77 Ruger.

    Remember that Remington brass uses SMALL rifle primers, and everyone else uses Large Rifle primers. I'd pick one make of case and stick with it to avoid complications.

    I bought 500 Federal ("FC") cases from an Ebay seller and ended up giving the whole batch the heave-ho. No fault of the seller's for sure, but the neck thickness on those FCs varied all over the map. Some necks wouldn't even touch the expander ball after sizing, while others showed normal 'drag' or even more-than-normal drag over the ball. I haven't encountered this problem with Federal brass in any other caliber.

    I have now standardized on Winchester 7.62 brass, and it's working just fine. I bought that M77 as a cast-bullet 'test' rifle, and am having a ball playing with it.
     
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    Bruce, please share on your cast bullet experiences for the 7.62x39 :)
     
  5. BruceB

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    JJ, sir;

    My "experience" now extends to about 300 separate and distinct loads, 10 rounds per recipe, all 3000-plus fired through this one rifle. I've used at least ten different moulds and a dozen or more powders, plus different sizing diameters and lubes as well. Bullet weights from 130 t0 220 grains have been tested, and I'm still a long way from finishing the experiments.

    All of which means that it's tough to cook that amount of data down to understandable terms!

    In general, I really enjoy the rifle and cartridge. It's a very light-barreled stainless rifle, and a bit of a squirmer on the rest, but there are some loads which have yielded ten-round groups at 100 yards of an inch or a bit less. This is with the help of a 3-9x Leupold Vx2, and a Timney trigger.

    What I'd suggest is going over to www.cb.gunloads.com and using the Search function (in the toolbar at the top of every page) to find "7.62x39". I just tried it, and there are NINE PAGES of threads which mention cast loads in the 7.62x39. That'll keep you occupied for a while, I'll bet.
     
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    I buy most of my 7.62x39 brass off eBay....
     
  8. HiVelocity

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    BruceB..........

    BruceB-

    Beartooth Bullets has a pretty nice 135gr gas checked cast bullet for the Russki round. Check it out [beartoothbullets.com]. They're $14.50/Hd.

    I still have a small quantity of once fired boxer primed 7.62x39 but I'd feel better if I had about 250 more to play with.

    BTW, if anyone is interested in trading off or selling their Ruger 77 in this caliber, let me know. I had one and let it get away from me years ago, I'm still kickin' myself.

    HiVelocity
     
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    Hivelocity, pard;

    BUY cast bullets????? BUY???? Surely you jest, sir!!!

    I "save money" by casting all my own bullets. Yeah, right....three lubesizers, thirty bullet-sizing dies, seventy moulds, two furnaces plus a smelting outfit for rendering wheelweights into useable alloy.......yep, I sure am saving money, all right all right. Mind you, if I bought all the cast bullets I use annually, it would be a fair chunk of change. It's not uncommon for me to fire as many as ten thousand per year. My actual out-of-pocket cost for 1000 200-grain rifle bullets is about $25.00, and that is mostly for the gaschecks.

    Actually, casting's become at least as much a hobby as handloading itself. I'd be absolutely crushed if I couldn't cast my own. There's ALWAYS something that has to be tested, re-tested, tweaked-and-tested, etc, etc. Consider that I have about ten assorted .30-caliber rifles, twenty .30-caliber moulds, a dozen or so powders that will work in .30 caliber with cast loads, plus the various lubes and primers, and you can see how the combinations and permutations reach into the thousands of possible loads. I'll NEVER run out of test material! And, that's just in .30 caliber!

    I'm getting exhausted just thinking about it (not really).
     
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    That's WAY too much money!!!!!
    You can get .311 FMJ 124 grainers for $7/100 in lots of 500 at goldenwestbrass.com
     
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