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Old 07-12-2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default Caliber Comparisons - HELP!

I am looking for comparison / information about Russian calibers: 5.45x39mm VS .223 VS 7.62x39mm.

Does anyone have experience hunting with these rounds?

How about accuracy?

I'm planning another purchase and want to make an informed decision, (this time!!!???).

Thanking all of you in advance!
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:35 AM   #2
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5.45x39 is cheap to shoot. $129 will get you 1080 rounds of communist milsurp ammo. However, all of it is corrosive and you will need to clean the firearm well after use. It is the commie answer to the 5.56x45 in use by NATO. Both 5.45x39 and 5.56x45 are a little light for hunting deer -- but I have used it on wild pigs.

7.62x39mm is acceptable for hunting deer. Much of the milsurp ammo is also corrosive. The commercial stuff of late production is usually not corrosive.

Accuracy will be dependant more on the rifle used, rather than the particula cartridge. AKs that use the 5.45x39 & 7.62x39 will be less accurate than an AR chambered in any of the three. I have an AR-15 chambered in 5.56x45 and one in 5.45x39 -- both are certainly accurate enough for hunting use, but I probably would choose something heavier for use against deer (i.e. .308 Win/7.62x51).
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Here is my shake on things...
You have to check hunting regulations, some states dictate the smallest caliber that can be used for hunting. I personally think the .223 is kinda samll for deer and hog. I have taken several deer with my SKS using 154 grain soft point. Both rounds are extremely cheap, so you better make a decision quick before they go through the roof.

As far as accuracy depends on the gun and the person shooting it. My SKS is grouping quarter size holes at 100 yards, I do not know about others but this works just fine for me.

SKS's are a lot cheaper than the AR's that are out there. You can find Mini 14's at Wally world in the 600 dollar range, SKS's in the upper 300-400 dollar range.

If you want ballistics, you can find that online, I do know that the .223 is a faster round.

Good luck...

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Old 07-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #4
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Been out of the commie rifles for a while but I don't ever remember seeing 5.45 ammo in anything but FMJ. Am I wrong?

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Been out of the commie rifles for a while but I don't ever remember seeing 5.45 ammo in anything but FMJ. Am I wrong?

Rick
yep

5.45X39HP

they also show a ballistic tip round .

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here's another

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Old 07-12-2011, 01:49 PM   #7
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An SKS that puts groups on paper the size of a quarter?!? That is simply amazing.

As to the OP, the 7.62x39 round is inherently less accurate than the other two no matter what gun is shooting it. The round has a very lofty trajectory while 5.45 is very flat shooting lending itself to better accuracy. According to the Russians, the 7.62x39mm round has an effective range of 300m while 5.45 has an effective range of around 600m.
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Hand loads will yield better groups than mass production loads.
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Hand loads will yield better groups than mass production loads.
Always a good answer!
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