With the AK-47 being one of the most popular assault rifles
in the world, the 7.62x39 round isn’t going anywhere. However, that’s not the
only gun to use this caliber. In fact, there are even conversion kits that will
allow an AR-15 to shoot the 7.62x39. Why would someone want to switch from the
223/5.56 commonly shot from an AR-15? Two reasons; stopping power and
The 7.62x39 was birthed during World War 2 by the Soviet
Union in response to a need they had for a cartridge that would work in vast
array of infantry weapons. The key factors that were sought after in their
cartridge were penetration and accuracy, especially at sub-sonic speeds, as
well as its usefulness in the frigid cold Russian Winters and Hot dessert
climates. When the search for this
cartridge began in 1943, more than 300 cartridge designs were considered before
8 finalists were rigorously tested; the end result was the 7.62x41.
After more testing, as well as changes in the casing itself,
the 7.62x39 was created. One aspect of the cartridge that was cause for
tweaking was the boat tail on the rear of the cartridge. Originally, this
factor was omitted because it was thought to have little effect on the round’s
accuracy at close range. However, after testing, the boat tail was added after
it proved to increase accuracy, even at short range and when the bullet goes
With the round being so readily available, this cartridge is
sure to remain a favorite among many hunters, as well as military agencies
across the world.
7.62x39, is the round used by the legendary AK-47. It’s a popular caliber today thanks to the abundance of cheap ammo and the many different firearms that use the round; from the SKS carbine, to AR-15 conversions, to the Ruger Mini-30 rifle, 7.62x39 finds a home in many forms of firearm.
One of the main reasons to reload 7.62x39 is to create a round for hunting, or loading sub-sonic ammo for suppressed shooting.
Each box contains 100 once fired brass shell casings. Headstamps are mixed. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer.
It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.