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7.62x39mm Ammo

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FAQ

What Is the Range of a 7.62x39mm Bullet?

The maximum effective range of a bullet is the distance at which the average shooter can consistently hit a 1-inch target. For 7.62x39mm rounds, which are most often fired from the AKM and AK-47 platforms, the typical effective range is 400 meters (1,300 feet). Some rifles and optics setups can double this range, but most AK platforms have relatively short sights that limit accuracy at extreme range.

What Kind of Rifle Uses the 7.62x39mm Round?

The 7.62x39mm round was first developed for the Soviet Union as an alternative to the 7.62x54mm round used in the bolt-action Mosin-Nagant rifle in 1944. The later AK designs, which include the AK-47, AK-74 and AKM rifles, popularized the caliber worldwide. Some Western rifles also use the cartridge, thanks in part to its availability, affordability and good performance across short and medium ranges.

How Big Is the Ammo Can for 7.62x39mm?

Up to 500 rounds (25 boxes) of 7.62x39mm ammunition can comfortably fit into a steel ammo can made to hold 30cal. These cans most often run to 11 inches long x 3.5 inches wide x 7.5 inches deep. Empty, they weigh around 4.5 pounds if made of steel. Most 30cal ammo boxes lock closed and have a small handle on top for easy carrying.

How Much Does 7.62x39mm Ammo Cost?

The price of 7.62x39mm ammunition varies with the manufacturer, the materials used for the round and the availability of mid-range rifle ammo generally. This caliber can be found at prices as low as 25 cents a round, though quality at the low end may suffer. The major ammunition brands typically offer 7.62x39mm at around 35 to 50 cents a round. During the 2020 ammunition shortage, prices at some online retailers jumped to nearly $1 a round for a time.

What Is the Difference Between 7.62x39mm Ammo and .223?

The most common bullet weight for the 7.62x39mm is 123 grains, while the .223/5.56 round varies a lot between 35 to 85 grains. The lighter projectile of the .223 averages 3,100fps, while the heavier 7.62x39mm averages around 2,400fps. The smaller NATO round flies faster and has a flatter trajectory than the AK round, though it carries far less mass and may have very different terminal performance in the target. Lighter .223/5.56 projectiles are significantly more likely to be deflected by wind, though at medium ranges they may penetrate thicker soft armor than the larger 7.62x39mm bullet.

What Ammo Does an AK-47 Use?

The most common caliber for the Kalashnikov family of rifles and carbines is the Soviet 7.62x39mm round first developed as the Ruski in 1944. Some of the millions of AK-series weapons developed since the end of WWII have experimented with different calibers, but the 7.62x39mm remains standard worldwide.

How Many Rounds Does an AK-47 Hold?

The standard AK-47 design feeds from a 30-round banana magazine that attaches under the breech of the rifle. Variant designs are available that use short 5- and 10-round magazines, mid-range 50-round box-type magazines and large 100-round drums. A modern rifle like the AK-47 holds as many rounds as its magazine can carry, and is thus limited only by available space, the practicality of carrying heavy ammunition and laws that limit magazine capacity.

Where Can I Buy AK-47 Ammo?

Ammunition for the AK-47 is typically available any place ammo of other calibers is sold. The rifle’s worldwide popularity ensures one of the largest possible distributions of its components, accessories and ammunition. In areas where the law limits online ammo purchases, you can most often find 7.62x39mm ammunition at local gun stores and shooting ranges, where it’s typically sold in 20- or 50-round boxes and 1,000-round cases.

Is 7.62 x39 a Good Round?

The 7.62x39mm cartridge has been among the world’s most popular rifle calibers since its development in the late 1940s. While it is not often the first choice for long-range precision, the 123-grain projectile and perceived superior performance in medium game has made it popular among hunters and sport shooters alike. Brass casings for this caliber are rare, which makes it relatively expensive for reloading, but its wide availability and low price point per round help keep it popular for many people. Local laws and hunting regulations aside, the 7.62x39mm round is generally capable of doing anything a 30-30 rifle round does, while firing from a relatively popular AK frame rifle or carbine.