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05-16-2006, 05:10 PM
Does anyone have a good hunting load worked up for the 7.62x39? I want to hog hunt with my mini-30 but I cant seem to come up with a load that will group decent at 100 yards. At 50 yards no problem but beyond that I am all over the place. Any input would be great. Thanks.
05-16-2006, 05:31 PM
I don't want to come off sounding mean but I think it is your mini 30 that is the problem. They suffer from being inconsistant between rifles just like the mini 14 have. A far as hunting rounds there isn't a wide selection. I have been going with the soft points but am going to try the heavier 154 grain wolf rounds. I haven't noticed any dif in my grouping with them .
05-16-2006, 08:10 PM
Try the new Yugo made Wolf. Haven't bought any 7.62x39 yet, but 308 and30.06 shoot great.
05-16-2006, 11:49 PM
I would definitely try some different bullet weights. I don't know what the twist is in those, but it may end up liking the lighter bullets.
05-17-2006, 06:45 PM
I have been using .310 diameter bullets. I might try a couple of different .308 projectiles and see what happens.
05-18-2006, 07:05 PM
You talking handloads?For hunting I like 150 grain bullets with 24.0 grains of RL-7.This is not a max load.You can load hotter.I get no case life from Winchester cases but Remington small primer cases are the best.I was using Remington 9 1/2 and 7 1/2 primers but recently I've been using CCI(Blount)#34 and #41 mil-spec primers.My 123-125 grain bullet load was 24.7 grains of RL-7 but I've recently gone to VV N-120 with 123 grain Hornady FMJ's.
05-19-2006, 12:06 AM
I have had good luck with Remington Core Loc Hi Power in my Mini-30. Also the Eagle brand works well too.
05-30-2006, 01:01 PM
SKS and AK rifles have a .310 bore. I`m quite sure Ruger makes the mini30 with a standard .308 bore (good for you) so the premium bullets will work just fine.
Try the 125 grain Nosler ballistic tip,should be just the ticket.I dont know if the mini30 has a floating or spring loaded firing pin,if it`s spring loaded you can use match primers safely,they might help a bit in the accuracy department.
05-30-2006, 07:53 PM
According to Ruger the first year of the mini 30s had a .308 diameter bore. After that they were changed to .310 diameter. I have heard mixed results from people using .308s in the newer guns. If I cant get a decent group soon I will give the .308s a shot. Thanks
06-03-2006, 02:14 AM
I'm useing speer 123 grain spire points .310 with 26 grains of hodgdon h4198 with cci primers i'm getting right around inch groups at 100 yards with my milled ak
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