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Old February 17, 2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Deer+7.62x39mm...will it get the job done?

I want a Ruger Mini 30 bc they are decently priced semi auto with some power it looks like. Has anyone hunted with a gun chambered in the 7.62x39, specifically for deer & or medium to large game? How effective was the round?
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Old February 17, 2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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As long as you can find quality hunting bullets that are made to expand, then the 7.62x39 is more than sufficient for Deer within 200 yards. Bullet selection is key on this one. Not many MFG's make hunting ammo in 7.62x39 so it becomes more of a handloader's hunting cartridge...
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Old February 17, 2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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I use a Russian SKS, I get at least one deer a year for the last five years I've been hunting with it. Just remember your not going to be making too many shots past 100 yards with it.
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I have used the above on Yotes with great results. The last one was at 175 yards and dropped like a rock.

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The Brown Bear 125 grain SP is a good load.
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Old February 17, 2011, 07:02 PM   #6
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It will get the job done. Find a good hunting round and put the shot where it needs to go and you'll have a tag filled.
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Old February 17, 2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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You might want to check out wolf's 154gr SP ammo. It's ballistics are similar to the venerable 30-30 150gr FSP loading.
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Old February 17, 2011, 08:37 PM   #8
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I shot my first deer with a SKS 7.62x39 he drop where he stood, shot placement is the key on any round.
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Old February 17, 2011, 09:08 PM   #9
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Yes a 7.62x39 will do it. I would like to use a thumbhole AK or a Ruger Mini 30, Ruger also has a new Bolt 7.62x39.
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Old February 17, 2011, 10:16 PM   #10
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7.62X39..... about the same as a 30-30

7.62X39..... about the same as a 30-30 on game.

It will get the job done. Make sure your rifle is accurate enough and use hunting ammo not FMJ ball.

Most of the SKS/AKs I have shot are not accurate enough over 150 yards. Some may be but many are not. What ever distant you can keep 3 or 4 shots inside a coffee can lid is your deer range.

That said, I would rather use a 243, 257 roberts, 260, 7-08 on deer .
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Old February 17, 2011, 11:19 PM   #11
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When I was younger I used to hunt with a norinco sks. It was effective enough inside 100yrds. I didnt have a scope on it so I tried to limit my shots to ones I knew I could make without one. I think with a good scope you could up the range some.
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Old February 18, 2011, 04:59 AM   #12
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Standard loadings:
7.62x39mm: 129gr bullet @ 2200fps
.30-30 Win: 150gr bullet @ 2200fps

Very slight difference in energy on paper.

I doubt a deer will be able to tell the difference.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old February 18, 2011, 09:36 AM   #13
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Will X39 do the job, yes.

Are there better calibers with more energy, a longer point blank range, and flatter trajectory, yes.

Note that X39 has less power than .30-30, and neither are much known for flat trajectory or range. As a woodland short range gun, they do. Anything over 300 yards and substantial bullet drop is an issue. Stepping up to a slightly smaller caliber with higher speed will flatten the trajectory and extend range.

Do I hunt with a .30-30, yes, but the AR15 is almost finished, and I'll use it from now on. It will use .270 bullets in an AR compatible length case, and has 40% more power than 5.56, flatter trajectory than .30-30, and longer range. It'll do.
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Old February 18, 2011, 10:17 AM   #14
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Bamaboy and myself have taken near half dozen whitetails w/ a 7.62 x 39 rifles, in our case a stainless "boat paddle" Ruger M77II bolt w/ a Leu 2-7x scope, or a Mini-30 w/ a 1-4x Leupold. The load in each case was a handload with the now defunct Sierra 135 gr SSP bullet and enough propellant to get same to an estimated 2300 fps from the longer barreled M77.

Results were positive, ie, two animals, were DRT, the others ran the typical 20-30 or more yards before collapsing. Recoil is naught, the rifles are incredibly easy to shoot. We zero them 1 inch high at 100, and find 1.5 MOA groups easy to obtain w/ the M77. The Mini does not do as well with groups, but still holds minute of deer. All of our use is at woods ranges and we have not taken a shot, past 100, in fact, as I ponder it, past 75 yds, some half of that.

Alas, the 135 slug is no longer made by Sierra. But...contrary to some posts prior, both Win, Rem and Federal make quality 125 grain loads that would be completely sufficient for deer. I shot the Mini this year with the Brown Bear 125 SP, but did not take a deer, no opportunity. I would avoid the import JHP's, reports are they are not predictable in expansion. My skimpy tests indicate they are frangible, others report they do not expand.
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The Brown Bear 125 grain SP is a good load.
This- I use to take deer with them.
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Old February 18, 2011, 04:26 PM   #16
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I load 150 grain Rem Corkokt and used it on two deer. No complaints.
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Old February 18, 2011, 10:39 PM   #17
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It'll work fine..but..heed warnings about the ball ammo. I got into a very large group of hogs..5 magazines worth. The last mag was full of lake city 5.56 ball ammo. It went through the hogs like an icepick out to about 400 yards. I use hornandy vmax55 grain in my 223. Drops hogs and deer like a brick. The 7.62 is more power..but far less accuracy. Keep your shots'll do fine..heart..lung shot with expanding ammo will do the trick.
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Old February 18, 2011, 10:44 PM   #18
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I'll chime in as others have that a Russian SKS accounted for a couple of whitetails in my early hunting career. I was using a domestically produced 123-125 grain JSP round. IIRC it was a Winchester USA load. It has been years since I've even owned an SKS though so the details are fuzzy. I do remember that it worked and that the deer didn't run far if at all.

The comparisons to the .30-30 are valid as the two are very close and I think everyone is well aware of how many deer have fallen to the .30-30 over the years.

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Old February 18, 2011, 10:50 PM   #19
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Put that bullet where it needs to go and you'll put deer down.
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Just aim at the flock of geese and you might lob it far enough to hit the deer. I wouldn't use it on game farther than 175 yards. Not that I couldn't just in the places I hunt we will get 300+ yard shots. It would be rare that I'd carry it.
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