7.62x39 Pet Loads



7.62 x 39 (x39) pet reloads - collected from various sites.

 

 

7.62 x 39, all bullet weights

Bullet

Powder Weight

Powder

Velocity

OAL

Primer

Source

110gr JSP

27.5 gr

IMR 3031

2,260 fps

 

 

Hodgdon

Suggested starting load: 24.8 gr
Max load, 24in barrel.

Pressure: 34,400 CUP

110gr LRN

24.0 gr

IMR 4198

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

guest

This load was developed using Berry’s plated bullets, which feed ok, but the accuracy was not as good as with the Hornady 123gr bullets. This is a good all around plinking load for this gun which is cheap to load and very easy on the brass making for many reloads.

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110gr LRN

14.0 gr

IMR SR4756

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

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This load is a nice supersonic plinking load that has about the report of a 22magnum rimfire. It will cycle the action in some semi-auto rifles, but caution should be used as the pressure curve is not the same as factory ammo. For best results remove the gas rod from your rifle and fire it as a straight pull bolt action.

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115gr LFP

10.0 gr

IMR Trail Boss

1,500 fps

1.785" 

CCI LR 

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This load uses hard-cast lead bullets designed for use in the old cowboy 32/20-WCF cartridge. The powder load is a compressed load (10.0c) and the round should get a heavy crimp in the bullets crimp groove. The COL may very slightly in order to crimp in the crimp groove just like a cowboy round with a heavy crimp (Lee Factory Crimp Die works very well). This round is a joy to shoot in bolt action and break action guns (N.E.F., Rossi, and Contenders, etc.) it can also be used one at a time in an SKS. Standard Deveiation is about 10-15fps. depending on rifle. Very accurate -- great target range or small game round.

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123gr SP

23.1 gr

H116

2,250 fps

 

 

Hodgdon

Suggested starting load: 20.8 gr

123gr SP

31.5 gr

BL-C (2)

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

guest

Bullet used was Horady #3140 and accuracy was much better than that of mil-spec ammunition.

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123gr SP

20.0 gr

H4227

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

guest

Mild load using Hornady’s #3140 bullet. Accuracy was pleasent, report was mild and results on small game was very pleasing.

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123gr SP

24.6 gr

IMR 4198

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

guest

This is my overall favorite "mil-spec" weight load for this gun. This load burns clean, has great accuracy and is very easy on the brass.

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123gr JSP

23.7 gr

IMR 4198

2,200 fps

2.930" 

CCI SR 

guest

Remington Brass, Trim to 1.518", Appeared mild in my Yugo M-59. Good accuracy at 100 yards. Start 10% lower for safety.

Email author: cpd331 
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123gr JSP

28.0 gr

1680

2,410 fps

 

CCI SR 

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I use fireformed Remington brass and Winchester 123gr bullets in my CZ 527 Carbine. This is a very accurate round in my rifle. I consistantly get 1 moa or better at 100 yards. I also get 150 fps more than Factory Winchester 123 jsp.

123gr SP

23.0 gr

Accurate 1680

2,200 fps

 

LP 

guest

Good hunting catridge

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125gr JSP

27.0 gr

IMR 3031

2,257 fps

 

 

Hodgdon

Suggested starting load: 24.3 gr
Max load, 24in barrel

Pressure: 37,100 CUP

125gr SP

26.2 gr

AA 1680

2,314 fps

N/A" 

Win LR 

guest

Bullet .308 remington spt. slightly crimped. Ruger Mini 30 Ranch Rifle 18.5 inch barel.

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150gr FMJ

26.0 gr

IMR 3031

2,101 fps

 

 

Hodgdon

Suggested starting load: 23.4 gr
Max load, 24in barrel

Pressure: 38,800 CUP

150gr BTHP

19.5 gr

IMR4227

Unknown

 

CCI SP 

guest

This load was developed using the Sierra Matchking bullet and despite the bullet being slightly undersized, it performed well out to 200yds in my SKS. Pressure was medium and charge could be increased some, but accuracy deteriorates when done.

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180gr SP

6.3 gr

IMR SR7625

980 fps

 

CCI SP 

guest

This is a great subsponic load for plinking and general pest removal. The report was about that of a 22 short out of a rifle and the accuracy with Speer bullets was hovering around 1-1/2" to 2" at 100yds. The fast twist rate in the SKS rifles will stabalize these bullets well at slow speeds and makes for a really fun load to shoot. One note, this load will not cycle the action in a semi-auto rifle.

 

 

 


Misc comments from various forums


I use Lee's 160 gr gas checked lead bullet with H335 23.5 grains for advertized fps 2000. This load operates AK action and doesn't lead barrel, also I use 8 grains Unique with same bullet in AK or SKS, sounds like a light .38 special load, doesn't work the action, but quite and brass doesn't get dinged up like with full loads. SR4759 with a 180 gr. .303 bullet CAN work, but there’s no load data. it'd be a good suppressed round, bullet weight goes up, powder charge goes down, maybe 200 grain bullets would work if ya knew a starting load, sub-sonic and still
work the action on a AR?
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I HAVE AN AK-47 AND A RUGER MINI-30 AND USED TO HAVE AN SKS. I HAVE LOADED A LOT OF 7.62x39 CARTRIDGE'S. I'VE USED BOTH .311 AND .308 WITH VERY GOOD RESULTS. MY MINI-30 HAS A .30 CALIBER BORE SO I ONLY USE HANDLOADS WITH .308 BULLET'S BUT IN MY AK-47 I USE BOTH .308 AND .311 BULLET'S. I NEVER GO OVER 150 GRAIN BULLET'S, THE PRESSURE MAY BE TO HIGH AND DANGEROUS! FOR MATCH SHOOTING I WOULD TRY A 125 GRAIN NOSLER BALISTIC TIP OR A BARNES 130 GRAIN BTX BULLET. FOR DEER HUNTING GO WITH SIERRA OR SPEER 150 GRAIN .311 SPITZER OR .308 SPEER BOAT TAIL SPITZER. THE 150 GRAIN SPITZER WHEN LOADED IN A 7.62x39 WILL BALISTCLY OUTPERFORM A 150 GRAIN .30-30 WINCHESTER!
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(Note: These are maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet is .311" diameter. (This is same dia. as British .303). This is the round shot in the AK-47, the SKS and several other good autos on the used military rifle scene.

Almost all military ammo uses the 123 grain FMJ bullet. There are loads for a 150 grain bullet, but this will not work in many of the autos. This would be best suited in something like the Ruger Bolt Action for this cartridge. MAXIMUM LOADS - - DO NOT EXCEED
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122-125 grain Speer SP or FMJ
Reloader 7 25.5 gr. 2,330 FPS
H4895 29.0 gr. 2,249
H4198 26.5 gr. 2,378
2400 15.3 gr. 1,915
A1680 25.5 gr. 2,368
A2230 29.5 gr. 2,176
IMR 4895 29.0 gr. 2,198 compressed
Viht. N120 23.2 gr. 2,258 (123 grain Hornady FMJ)
Viht. N120 24.0 gr. 2,350 (123 grain Hornady FMJ)
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150 grain Speer Spire SP
H4895 28.0 gr. 2,154 FPS
H4198 24.5 gr. 2,122
2400 14.8 gr. 1,800
Reloader7 24.8 gr. 2,145
A1680 22.5 gr. 2,055
A2230 27.0 gr. 1,976
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24 grains of AA#2200 shoots well. I got 5 rounds into about 1.5 inches at fifty yards. Yeah, an AK isn't a benchrest rifle. Still, that'd be 3" at 100 with iron sights.

24 grains of AA#2200 puts out a 174 grain .312 RN bullet at an average of 1830 fps. That's very very close to making MAJOR! I will try to go up half and grain and a full grain and see if that'll do it. Primers on the 24 grain load are looking a little flat but nothing alarming. I will also try a Sierra 180 spire point when I get the chance. And I still want to try VV-130.
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The Sierra manual shows a number of loads for 150gr. Their accuracy load is 21.7gr of AA-1680 resulting in a velocity of 1950 fps. Their hunting load is 24.7 gr of RE-7 providing 2100 fps of velocity. The hunting load is the maximum so do not exceed that load. A couple of other loads include H-4198 with a starting load of 20.5 and a max of 22.9; IMR-4198 starting load 20.4 and max of 23.4. The starting loads are in the 1800fps range and most loads are maxing out around 2000-2050fps.
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My Lee Manual list the 150gr Jacketed Bullet with ACCUR1680 with a start charge of 20.3grs. and a max charge of 22.5grs. MINOAL of 2.180. You can, and may need to extend the OAL as long as the finished cartridge will chamber in your rifle. I think it can be done and you are in the ballpark.
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Well got out to the range today and had some interesting results with the 308 SKS project. The "varmet rounds" that I loaded up shot relay well when loaded one at a time but there were some problems when fed from the mag. The 110 gr Sierra has a large hollow point that would sometimes catch when fed from the mag, shortening the OL and changing the point of impact resulting in 2 great groups instead of one. The 110gr V-max worked well but the hard slam of the bolt and no crimping grove in the 308 bullet in a case sized for 310 allowed the bullet to move forward a bit changing OL and affecting accuracy compared to the round when it was fed 1 at a time. Back to the drawing board, going to try a few things and try again. The "Hunting" round of the 308 project had a great outing. I loaded Hor. 150gr SST, 308 Dia bullet that has a cannelure or crimping grove which kept the bullet rock solid in the case and produced a inch and 3/4, 10 round group at 50 yards. Wait, it gets better, the point of impact was dead on the same as my Hor. 310Dia 123gr FMJ and V-Max reloads! This was the biggest surprise of the day for me. In the past when I had worked some 150gr 311dia loads, POI always was different. In short, I will say that not only will 308 rounds work in this application, they work much better then I ever expected. This should be a great benefit to hunters wanting to load 150gr bullet as the selection of bullets available has increased dramatically for the SKS.
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The .308 110 gr. Varmint bullet is made by Sierra it has no crimp grove, I use the .310 123 gr. V-MAX its about $4 cheaper per 100 than the .308 Sierra. For 150 gr. I use the .311 Sierra Pro hunter but mainly the Prvi Partizan .311 150 Gr. BTSP. Both the V-MAX and Prvi Partizan have crimp grooves and sell for $18 per 100 at Graf & Sons. For bullets with no crimp groove I use the Lee factory crimp die.
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The Max OAL for a the 7.62 x 39mm is 2.200" OAL is generally dictated by the need to fit into a box magazine of standard manufacture. However it can be shorter or longer depending on your shooting needs and your particular rifle the ammo will be used in. The main thing is with the bullet seated are you below the ogive enough on the bullet where you can crimp it if need because using a heavily compressed charge without proper neck tension often times will push a bullet back out and change the OAL.

If your bullet is already close to the lands say a few K off and the bullet pushes out and into the lands and your using a compressed charger you could get pressure increases jammed firearms and erratic ballistics, as well as very poor accuracy.
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For an AK there really isn't any advantage to reloading.

For other rifles such as the SKS and bolt actions accuracy can be doubled or better with reloads. With the low cost of bulk ammo, it's not a cost savings issue but rather a performance one if your gun can handle neck-size only reloads (AK can't -- try to feed neck-size only reloads to it and it'll jamb. One of the few things that will jamb an AK)
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I wouldn't pull bullets just to get a consistent charge in the case. What you'll find is that the bullets used on most steel cased ammo vary so widely in weight and shape that precisely measuring charges will only solve a small part of the problem. You may run into problems if the rounds were crimped before the bullet was pulled, as the bullets may not want to reseat easily. All in all, it's just as much effort to start with new components and you'll get much better results.

The 7.62x39 saiga should gain as much as the 308 from a finely constructed fully sized reload with tight tolerances on case charges and bullet weights. My 308 saiga does 2 inch groups for all 20 rounds that I can dump from the mag, and the SKS that I reload x39 for gets really measurable benefits as well (though I don't reload x39 very often lately).

As for cost, 8lbs of powder loads up about 1200-1400 x39 loads depending on type and charge weights. Bullets keep rising in cost, but you should be able to figure out your cost per round pretty easily - cheaper by the thousand. Primers run anywhere from $18 to $25 per thousand. Other than dies, case lube, and a few reusable parts that should cover it. A good cheaper press is the lee classic cast turret press. If you don't mind metered charges, it will crank out about 200 rounds an hour and the whole package with dies will set you back less than $150.
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I reload for both my 1970 YUGO & 1965 Chinese SKS rifles, mostly because I enjoy it, I don't shoot that much maybe 500 Rds. a year in each. The ammo I load is clean shooting, accuracy is superior over anything you can buy and you have a wide selection of better quality bullet types made by all the major bullet mfg. FMJ, SP, V-MAX Ballistic tip, Barnes X bullet in 123 & 125 Gr. weights or you can load up some 150 Gr. I like the Speer Hot Core in .311

I use Winchester cases, CCI #34 Mil-spec primers, however recently I have experimented with the Lapua wooden bullet practice ammo as source of cheap brass that I don't have to chase down, it's berdan primed and non-reloadable. I simply pull the wooden bullet dump the flash powder resize the neck only add my own powder and bullet of choice. I have seen no difference between the Winchester load or the Lapua load accuracy wise using the same powder charge and bullet no matter the combination.

I have two powders of choice AA1680 ball powder it's made specifically for the 7.62 x 39 round I have produced consistent sub 1/2" groups with this powder at 50 Yds with iron sights in both my SKS rifles. My other powder of choice is Reloader #7 it's more readily available at my local supplier. Using the same charge weight as the AA loads I can tell no difference between the two powders accuracy wide they both produce the same results no matter which case or primer type I use. I get 275 loads per pound with both powders using my accuracy load so it go a long way.

As far as bullet seating depth I crimp with the Lee FCD on the cannalure of those bullets with them I use the same crimp setting also on the Speer 150 Gr. I have read that will affect accuracy crimping non cannalure bullets but what’s a 1/4" at 100 Yds out of a $150 SKS. It's no match rifle but you will never know its true potential shooting just cheap Russian ammo. Cost wise if I had to replace components at today prices I would be about $5 per box but I stocked up on everything years ago, my average cost is about $4 to $4.50 per 2O Rds. depending on the bullet I select for that batch

I set my sights up at 50 Yds. You can see and make adjustment to your sights with allot more accuracy and see what sight movements are actually doing with less variables, if you’re shooting tighter groups at 50, they are going to be that much tighter out to 100 and beyond as long as you do your part. My 50 Yd. setting gives me a 3" drop at 125 yds.
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Ok first off I would like to state that I'm reloading for a YUGO SKS however these loads should work for the Saiga application also.

123 Gr. Soft Points
I spent about a day working on a load for my YUGO SKS. Using Winchester cases, trimmed to length with the Lee case length gauge & cutter, CCI #34 Mil-Spec primers which are actually cheaper than standard LR primers, AA1680 powder preferred but Reloader #7 works just as well with the 123 Gr. .310 & 150 Gr. .311 bullets. The Hornady 123Gr. SP seated & crimped right on the cannalure which happens to be right at the OAL of 2.20. There is nothing special about this load, It just simply shoots. I think most SKS's in good working order and a good bore would do this with the correct load work up. The Mil-Surplus ammo just doesn't bring out the best in these rifles.
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150 Gr. Soft Points

Ok got out this morning and did a little testing with my 150 Gr. SP loads. I feel like this load will shoot allot better I'm using iron sights and my eye sight of late isn't what it used to be definitely need a new pair of glasses for my shooting to improve . My sights are set 1" high at 50 Yds. The load functioned perfectly ejecting the spend brass about 15 ft. from my table. I had one slight flyer on each group or they would have been a bit tighter, but I'm happy with the results for a short range heavy bullet load. Max load in the LEE manual is 24.8 Gr. of Reloader #7 My load was 24.0 Grs. even. I saw no pressure signs on the primer with either combination used, according to the load data the MV is a little over 2100 fps. I used the load data from the newest LEE reloading manual. The rounds seem to equal the feel of Golden Tiger they definitely have a little punch to them. These 150 Gr. SP loads are my first test runs I still have a little tweaking to do yet. The Speer bullet seem to have the advantage.

 I used the LEE factory crimp die that came with my die set. The .310 dia 123 Gr. bullet crimp shows up more because of the cannelure, however the .311 dia 150 Gr. Speer bullet does not have a cannelure and is crimped on the same setting but has the extra 0.001 to help hold it in place. The LEE factory crimp die will not crush the case like the regular roll crimp will if you apply to much crimp, it just compresses the neck at the point of contact and makes it own cannelure on bullets that do not have one.
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I have a Yugo SKS and have found a delightful load using Speer 303 CAL 150
GR (.311-.312) Spitzer SP. I shot a round through two gallons back to back
of flour water mixture with the consistency of a very thick pancake batter. At 100 yards the Spitzer expanded nicely. The 1st gallon exploded as the
bullet passed through it. The second one nearly the same result. I also
had a 1" thick piece of plywood behind them. The bullet passed through the
plywood and came to rest in some dirt behind the plywood. The expansion was
just over double the original dia in a nice mushroom shape.

It is also very accurate at 100 yrds for an SKS...3 inch groups without a
scope using bifocals.

The recipe is: 26 to 28 grains of IMR 4895 (somewhat compressed load) with
a 303 Speer Spitzer as mentioned above. I use the 28 grain powder load. I
was always told that 150 grain in a 7.62x39 would not have enough energy to
expand properly at 100 yards. But I was a disbeliever of the nea sayers and
tried it out. Works great. It is my SKS deer round.
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My Recipe - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

Case: Winchester
Primer: CCI LR
Powder: 30.6gr. Hodgdon H335
Bullet: 123gr FMJ Hornady .310dia.
OAL: 2.19
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X-T is on the slow end of the powder burn rate for the 7.62x39. To reach acceptable velocities with 150gr bullets the loads must be compressed. I happen to like full cases and compressed loads. If you are uncomfortable with compressed loads then I would suggest going with a faster powder like H4198 or AA1680 with the 150's.

My 150gr load with X-T:

Lapua Brass
Fed 210M Primers
29.7gr X-T
150gr Speer RN

As always "Start Low and Work Up"!!

The Rem Core-LoKt 150gr 30-30 bullet is .308 dia. The SKS (7.62X39) is .310/.311 dia. Loading the .308 for the SKS is perfectly safe, however your rifle may prefer the larger .310/.311 dia bullets in the accuracy department. Then again maybe not. The velocities of the 7.62x39 and the 30-30 Core-Lokt bullet are a good match. If X-t doesn't do it for you, give some of the faster powders for the 7.62 a try.
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Usually neck-size only reloads, although offering an increase in accuracy; don't work in semi-auto actions or even lever actions for that matter. They usually work just fine in bolt action guns. SKS is one of the exceptions to the rule; unfortunately at least in my experience the AK (and thus Saiga as well) is not.

Yes, a more closely metered powder charge should improve accuracy as well. Add to that bullets which are exactly sized to your bore (slug the bore) and you’re looking pretty good. By exactly sized I'm talking about the fact that the internal bore dimensions on the groove can be as small as 0.308" or as large as 0.313" and there are bullet sizes covering that whole range --- a gun shoots best with bullets that are exactly the same diameter as the bore with jacketed bullets and 0.001" bigger with cast lead bullets. So if you were for example to find that your gun has a 0.312" bore then using the standard factory 0.310" bullet diameter won't give you as good of accuracy as using 0.312" bullets.

I think you get the basic idea of what I'm saying. Barrel tolerances are much looser then bullet tolerances, thus to get the best accuracy from his/her particular gun a reloader can choose the bullet which best suits the guns bore.
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Ctg. OAL 2.19"
Source: C.E. Harris

Vel @ 15' Pressure Remarks
(f.p.s.) (c.u.p.)
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123-gr. Lapua FMJ 2325 52,080 Maximum,
26.5 grs. RL-7 18 Sd 1450 Sd do not exceed

125-gr. Sierra .308 2167 43,170
24.5 grs. H4198 27 Sd 2730 Sd

125-gr. Sierra .308 2220 43,240 Compressed
28.0 grs. H322 13 Sd 740 Sd charge

123-gr. Lapua FMJ 2181 42,240
27.5 grs. H322 13 Sd 890 Sd

* Cases manufactured by Brass Extrusion Laboratories, Ltd.


Handloads With NEI 52A or Lee 312-155-2R/TL312-160-2R Cast Bullet
Source: C.E. Harris

Starting loads:

Powder Charge
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2400 15.0 grs.
IMR or Hodgdon 4227 16.0 grs.
IMR or Hodgdon 4198 20.0 grs.
RL-7 21.5 grs.

Miscellaneous:

Powder Charge Vel (20.5" Remarks
bbl SKS)
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14.5-15.5 grs. 2400 Cast of wheel weights, sized
.312", good "I want to shoot NOW"
load. Consider 15.5 grs. Max.
16 grs. AA1680 1420 fps
18 grs. AA1680 1630 fps
20 grs. AA1680 Maximum load
18 grs. Olin 680** 1810 fps
19 grs. Olin 680** 1930 fps Maximum load
21.0-22.0 grs. RL-7 1900-1950 fps

28 grs. AA2230 around 2000 fps
28 grs. AA2460 "
28 grs. H335 "

** Discontinued

162-gr. cast from wheel weight alloy, no gas check:

Powder Charge
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4227 12-14 grs.
AA1680 15.0-16.0 grs.
4198 or RL-7 17.0 grs.
4895 18.0 grs.

Bullseye No more than 5 grs.
WW231 "
SR-7625 "
Green Dot "
Red Dot "
700-X "

Unique No more then 6 grs.
PB "
Herco "
SR-4756 "

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Subject: 10. Handloads With Accurate Arms Powders

Source: Accurate Arms
Gun: SKS
Bbl Length: 24"
Primer: Fed. 210
Case: IMI

Powder Charge Vel
Bullet Type (grs.) (fps)
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100 (L) 2230 27.0 1966
2460 27.5 1950

100 1680 28.5 2614
2015 28.5 2138
2230 30.0 2312
2460 30.0 2300

110 1680 28.5 2561
2015 28.5 2149
2230 30.0 2313
2460 30.0 2272

123 1680 26.5 2350
2015 28.5 2188
2230 30.0 2281
2460 30.0 2172

130 1680 26.5 2313
2015 28.5 2176
2230 30.0 2247
2460 30.0 2231

135 1680 26.5 2332
2015 28.5 2189
2230 29.5 2226
2460 30.0 2203

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Subject: 11. Handloads With Hercules Powders

Source: Hercules
Case: Federal
Primer: CCI 200
Bbl Length: 20"

Min OAL Powder Charge Vel Pres
Bullet (inches) Type (grs.) (fps) (cup)
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Speer 100gr Plinker 1.830 2400 16.5 2240 44,900

Sierra 110gr HP 2.055 2400 16.0 2115 44,800
Reloder 7 26.5 2330 38,300

Hornady 123gr SP 2.155 2400 15.3 1915 44,900
Reloder 7 25.5 2330 45,000

Sierra 150gr JP 2.000 2400 14.8 1800 45,000
Reloder 7 24.8 2145 44,600

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Subject: 12. Handloads With Hodgdon Powders

Source: Hodgdon
Bbl Length: 24"
Max Case Length: 1.525"
Trim To Length: 1.520"
Note: Hodgdon recommends reducing listed charges by 6%
rather than 10%.


Bullet Wt. Powder Charge Vel Pres
(grs.) Type (grs.) (fps) (cup)
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123-125 BL-C(2) 31.5 2349 38,800
H335 31.5 2408 40,900
H4895 29.0 2249 33,600
H322 29.0 2323 35,400
H4198 26.5 2378 40,400


150 BL-C(2) 29.5 2090 40,400
H335 29.0 2132 42,500
H4895 28.0 2154 39,300
H322 28.5 2192 40,400
H4198 24.5 2122 39,800
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Almost all military ammo uses the 123 grain FMJ bullet. There are loads for a 150 grain bullet, but this will not work in many of the autos. This would be best suited in something like the Ruger Bolt Action for this cartridge.

MAXIMUM LOADS - - DO NOT EXCEED

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122-125 grain Speer SP or FMJ

Reloader 7 25.5 gr. 2,330 FPS

H4895 29.0 gr. 2,249

H4198 26.5 gr. 2,378

2400 15.3 gr. 1,915

A1680 25.5 gr. 2,368

A2230 29.5 gr. 2,176

IMR 4895 29.0 gr. 2,198 compressed

Viht. N120 23.2 gr. 2,258 (123 grain Hornady FMJ)

Viht. N120 24.0 gr. 2,350 (123 grain Hornady FMJ)

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150 grain Speer Spire SP

H4895 28.0 gr. 2,154 FPS

H4198 24.5 gr. 2,122

2400 14.8 gr. 1,800

Reloader7 24.8 gr. 2,145

A1680 22.5 gr. 2,055

A2230 27.0 gr. 1,976

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Most bottle neck cartridges don't have to have their neck expanded unless your using cast bullets. When you buy the Dillon conversion kit you get a "powder funnel" for lack of a better description. This funnel when placed in the powder die will raise the powder measure dispensing the powder into the case next die will seat/crimp the case neck into the bullet.

Any standard 7/8x14 thread die will work in a 550. Most die sets are 2 die, size die and seater die and should come with 2 expander balls 1 for.308 dia the other .310 dia use the .308 ball and you'll be good to go with either .308 or.311 bullets.
A good powder to use in the Dillon powder measure for 7.62x39 is Accurate Arms 1680 a ball type powder that flows very smoothly.

When you pick up your brass (if you can find it) make sure of the headstamp that its Rem, Win or Fed brass. There are some brass cases that are berdan primed
and you can bend/break your decapping pin if not careful. I have some 7.62x 39 made in Russia that is brass but berdan primed. I load 7.62x 39 on a 650 and the process is not that much different
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I load for a Ruger Mini-30 and have tried just about every powder you can think of. First let me say that only your rifle can tell you what powder will produce the best accuracy. IMO it is best to pick up a few different one pounders of powder and run some tests to see what your rifle likes. Nothing worse than having an 8 pounder gathering dust because your rifle doesn't like it.

If you want ball powder your looking at AA1680, H335, Ramshot X-Terminator, BLC-2 and AA 2230. AA 1680 is on the fast side of the burn chart and works very well with bullets 125gr and under. The others are slower burning and work better with heavier bullets 130gr and up. For the light bullets my choice is AA 1680 for the heavies I like X-T.

There is a lot more extruded powders to choose from for the 7.62x39. Most of these are very fine and relatively short cut so they meter with ease, the exception being IMR4198. For the lighter bullets 125gr and under I have a fondness for R-7, H 4198 and AA 2015. H 4198 and R-7 run neck and neck in the accuracy dept, but H4198 has a slight edge in velocity. AA 2015 takes top honors in accuracy, but is a bit slower in fps. For bullets 130gr and up I have two favorites, H322 and VV N-130. Outstanding accuracy and velocity. If I had to pick just one I would go with N-130, great stuff.

Don't limit your loads by sticking with the .310-.311 bullets. There is a whole host of handloaders out there that are getting excellent accuracy with .308 bullets in the larger bores. 125gr Ballistic tip comes to mind.

Do you plan on hunting with this round? If so, it's important that you choose a bullet that will perform and the reduced velocities of the 7.62x39. Many of the 150gr bullets in .310-.311 are pretty tough skinned and will not perform well on deer sized game, they may just pencil through. Bullet selection is key in a tiny round like the 7.62x39.

After hunting season I will be experimenting with VV N-120 and Norma N 200. I have high hopes for these two powders and I'll let you know how they perform.


 

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