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Old January 6, 2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Silver Bear 5.45x39 60gr Bimetal FMJ Gel Test Results





Just finished up testing the Silver Bear 5.45x39 round from my Iron Clad Armory AK-74. The test was shot at 15 ft, 40 degrees, and 300 ft of elevation and the Clear Ballistics FBI spec gel block was used with 4 layers of denim.

Results:

-2782fps, 1030 ft/lbs energy
-Tumbling started 2'' in
-Penetrated 15.25''

The manufacture of the gel block, Clear Ballistics, claims their gel meets FBI specs for testing. I calibrate my gel per their specs prior to testing and use 4 layers of denim per IWBA protocol.

However, by no means am I saying this test is a substitute for the great work industry professionals like Dr. Roberts and others do. I'm just a shooter that likes to learn about the products I use.


Here's the video of the test:

Silver Bear 5.45x39 Gel Test HD Video Link
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Old January 7, 2013, 06:37 AM   #2
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Silver bear is my favorite of all the steel cas ammo. Even used a 147gr sp out of my 308 saiga to take a deer and it worked great penetrated almost 2 feet and expanded into a nice mushroom that measured just under 3/4 of an inch.
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Old January 7, 2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Interesting.
I have only shot 7n6 and Hornady in my Saiga 5.45. I like the Hornady for HD use.
I will have to try the Silver Bear if I find some.
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Old January 8, 2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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2700fps. I would have expected more on par with 223 velocities.
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Old January 8, 2013, 08:01 AM   #5
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2700fps. I would have expected more on par with 223 velocities.
I'd say for a 60gr bullet it's pretty close to most 62gr 223 rounds. Which ones vary greatly from 2782 fps?
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Old January 8, 2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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Nice AK is that the milled AK74? I like the silver bear and golden bear myself. Good non-corrosive clean ammo. I save the 7N6 for a rainy day ammo. I just picked up a waffen works AK74 I was not aware they were built on a spud receiver. Good homework! You just can't beat that AK74 not matter how you slice that pie!
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Old January 8, 2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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Nice review! Good to hear that Silver Bear FMJ appears to be as effective as 7n6.

Here's a review from Brassfetcher on 7n6 and Wolf FMJ/HP
http://www.brassfetcher.com/5.45x39m...ry%20Table.pdf

Have you had a chance to try out Wolf soft point?
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Old January 8, 2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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Nice AK is that the milled AK74? I like the silver bear and golden bear myself. Good non-corrosive clean ammo. I save the 7N6 for a rainy day ammo. I just picked up a waffen works AK74 I was not aware they were built on a spud receiver. Good homework! You just can't beat that AK74 not matter how you slice that pie!
It's stamped.

New WW74s are not built on Nodak spuds anymore; they make their own receivers now but I'm sure there's one or two still sitting on a gun shelf somewhere with the Nodaks. They've also changed their barrel sourcing since then (used to be Green Mountain barrels, now they're ESS spec'd by WW).

I do love the AK74 and 7N6
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Old January 8, 2013, 06:05 PM   #9
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I picked up a WW with a nodak and a chrome lined barrel. It's taking forever to get here FFL guys are slammed!
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Old January 8, 2013, 08:04 PM   #10
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I'd say for a 60gr bullet it's pretty close to most 62gr 223 rounds. Which ones vary greatly from 2782 fps?
Easy.

60gr Vmax
27gr Varget
3170fps

Heck, even using 25.5gr of 4895 will get you 3020fps.
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Old January 8, 2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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60gr Vmax
27gr Varget
3170fps

Heck, even using 25.5gr of 4895 will get you 3020fps.
I thought you were referring to factory loads; my bad.
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