7.62x39 Ammo

7.62x39 ammunition can be found in many parts of the world thanks to the popularity of the AK and SKS rifles that fire it. However, the first gun chambered in this caliber was the RPD light machine gun. While the 7.62x39mm cartridge was replaced by the Soviets in the 1970s, it continues to be widely used outside the Russian military today.

A typical round of 7.62x39mm fires a 123 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 2,300 feet per second. This results in good medium-range performance and relatively manageable levels of recoil.

Most 7.62x39mm ammo is steel cased and not reloadable. These cartridges are made in Eastern Europe by Tula, Barnaul (manfuacturer of the Bear series), and other companies and deliver reliable, inexpensive performance. Brass-cased ammo can be had from Fiocchi, PMC, Prvi Partizan, and other manufacturers; it is significantly more expensive but can be reloaded and used at ranges where steel cases are not permitted.
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