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Has anyone ever shot a deer out of state with the 7.62x39 round? If so what round exactly and how effective was it? I'd only like to hear from anyone who has actually shot a deer with this round please...looking for facts. Thanks!
 

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never did, but let me ask a 2nd question for other responders--ever see the rounds in non-steel cases, with other than a FMJ bullet?
 

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I just put a down payment on a left handed mini Mauser in this caliber. Hornady makes brass cases for this and have loaded rounds with the A-max bullets. I am told to expect 30-30 type ballistics. I hope to give you a better report this fall.:D
 

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I have. 123 gr. Russian hollow point out of an SKS. Deer went 20yds and piled up with a double lung shot.

It is basicly a .308 which is 7.62x51. The .308 is classified as the preferred caliber for whitetial deer.
 

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Think of it as a brush gun. As stated above, its a more powerful 30-30, not a good round to take 200+ yard shots. I would only trust my SKS to about 100 yards, with a 123 gr. load.
 

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I have. 123 gr. Russian hollow point out of an SKS. Deer went 20yds and piled up with a double lung shot.

It is basicly a .308 which is 7.62x51. The .308 is classified as the preferred caliber for whitetial deer.
308 is ALOT more powerful than 7.62X39

Though 7.62X39 is just a fine short deer cartridge.
 

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Mini 30(762X39) Vs deer = dead deer used a hand load at the time don't recall the grain weight but it will work at the factory 123 grain.
 

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I have. 123 gr. Russian hollow point out of an SKS. Deer went 20yds and piled up with a double lung shot.

It is basicly a .308 which is 7.62x51. The .308 is classified as the preferred caliber for whitetial deer.
I think you might be confusing 7.62x39 with the 7.62x54r that is used in mosins nagants, PSLs, SVT40s, etc. The 7.62x54r is similar the 30-06 in power and ballistics.
 

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I have used a 7.62 rifle for three years in a row successfully on deer in PA. One shot = 1 kill. My rifle is a Rossi BrazTech single-shot with 3x9x40 scope. Shot last season was 125 yds and it knocked the deer off his feet and down slope dead before he hit ground. Shot placement is most important with any round as well as a good zero before the hunt.:)
 

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Its actually a little weaker than a 30-30 when comparing handloading potential. Looking at 125 gr bullets in each a 30-30 will generate velocities in the mid 2600's at max load where the 7.62x39 tops out around 2400 with the same bullet. Either way it will do the job on deer at short range. I have a 30-30 single shot that I load 125 nbt's in and it does quite a job on deer out to 200 yards (never took one farther with it). If you keep your shots pretty close it will do fine.
 

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For reference, the 30-30 will shoot a 150 grain bullet at around 2350 fps, .308 around 2800 and the 7.62x39 around 2100. Don't see why that round wouldn't be effective if you kept the shots to around 125 yards or less.
 

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The only knock with this round is you are limited to bullets, as the real 7.62x39 Russian round uses .310"-311" bullets, not .308. Knowing the true bore diameter of your rifle would be important. The short 125 gr. bullets have a B.C. of only .250"-.260". It should work fine out to 200 yds. but remember energy @ 200 yds. is less than 1,000 ft./lbs.
 
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