Much like everything else designed by the Soviets, the 7.62X39mm cartridge was built for a purpose and intended to stand the tests of time without much in the way of fanfare. It does not boast the great ballistic advantages of the modern 6.5 Grendel or the 6.8 SPC II, but it wasn’t intended to. It was intended to serve the Rodina dutifully and serve the common rifleman well. Nobody could argue the success in which it has served this purpose.
The 7.62X39mm has neither surged nor has it waned in popularity in the states; it just keeps going along straight-and-level regardless of political climates. I guess it can do that when there are probably some 100-million firearms worldwide chambered in it; the ebbs and flows of politics have little sway to it. One turmoil here will eventually be assuaged, and the turbulence over the world with sustain it until the political winds change again.
Sellier & Bellot 123 grain SP is a nice soft point which boasts 2,437 fps at the muzzle with 1,622 ft. lbs. of energy. The bullet still carries 1,381 fps and 521 ft. lbs. all the way out at 400 yards, although it does drop over 52 inches. This caliber is best suited for anything 200 yards and under, so it is an ideal brush cartridge in the wooded areas of the central United States, and also does well eradicating feral hogs in the south when sometime quantity of firepower is of greater significance than precision.
Right now you have the opportunity to grab up a bulk supply of this fantastic cartridge which will serve you well in dispatching invading varmints and a fair amount of game to boot. Clean up your barnyard and put some meat on the table with this and save yourself some scratch at the same time.
Posted On: 10/19/11 By: Frank
Muzzle velocity 2437 fps
100 meter velocity 2037 fps
200 meter velocity 1702 fps
300 meter velocity 1423 fps
Muzzle energy 1628 ft-lbs
100 meter energy 1138 ft-lbs
200 meter energy 795 ft-lbs
300 meter energy 555 ft-lbs
100 meter trajectory 0 inches (zeroed)
200 meter trajectory -8.1 inches
300 meter trajectory -30.7 inches