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gfmallett
02-16-2012, 1:58 AM
I have a cz mod527 in 7.62X39. It is a lite but extremely accurate little carbine.
On paper these rounds look like pretty good deer loadings inside of 200 to 300 yards. It looks about as effective as 30-30. Does anyone have any input on this calibre for deer hunting?
Does anyone know of a source for 7.62X39 commercial ammo loaded in the higher bullet weights, like 170 or 180 grain hunting rounds?

TacticalPlinker
02-16-2012, 2:04 AM
I'm not a hunter and I don't know anything about this CZ firearm, but I own an AK and I don't see why not. Accuracy aside, if you can't kill something with a 7.62 x 39mm round, you're doing something wrong. It's a big friggen bullet.

As for bullet weights, the highest I know of for 7.62 x 39mm is 150gr soft point. Most other ammo in this caliber is around 120-125gr, the most popular probably being 122gr and 124gr.

shootin' nuke
02-16-2012, 2:31 AM
That little CZ will make a fine brush gun for shots out to about 150 yards.
As for ammo, you won't find commerical loads with bullets much larger then 125gn. That said, something like this will work just fine on deer: http://www.hornady.com/store/7.62X39-123-gr-SST/

Happy hunting!

PEZHEAD265
02-16-2012, 6:25 AM
Corbon makes 123gr and 150gr JSP.A little pricey but should shoot very good out your CZ.

6mmintl
02-16-2012, 6:49 AM
Handload 150's

brianinca
02-16-2012, 7:40 AM
If you hunt in condor zones in CA, the Barnes 123 gr .3105 bullet is very accurate and is a great combination of expansion and penetration. Commercially loaded ammo is spendy, but it's easy to handload if you wish.

Barnes TSX's seem to perform like lead bullets that are significantly heavier, I've loaded them in 8 different calibers because of the non-lead law and they've worked out great. The 762x39 works fine on CA deer and wild hogs. That CZ should make a great hunting rifle.

Regards,
Brian in CA

Bongos
03-25-2012, 4:05 PM
People hunt with the SKS all the time in Minn and SD

atakacorp
03-25-2012, 4:19 PM
People hunt with the SKS all the time in Minn and SD

+1 I hunt with my Saiga 7.62X39,got 4 feral hogs and 2 yotes , using Wolf ammo,practice before hunt and try to get closer 80-150 yards,you'll be fine ,CZ is a great rifle ,have one 300 winmag one of my favorites

lrj812
03-25-2012, 5:25 PM
That CZ shooting the 7.62x39 is a nice setup. I think the range is your limiting factor vs. higher power rifle loads. You were probably correct in comparing it to a 30 30 for hunting efficiency. Here in CA I am sure it will be more than adequate, especially if you get to take a shot.

Richard Erichsen
03-25-2012, 7:29 PM
I have a cz mod527 in 7.62X39. It is a lite but extremely accurate little carbine.
On paper these rounds look like pretty good deer loadings inside of 200 to 300 yards. It looks about as effective as 30-30. Does anyone have any input on this calibre for deer hunting?
Does anyone know of a source for 7.62X39 commercial ammo loaded in the higher bullet weights, like 170 or 180 grain hunting rounds?

Search is your friend. This topic is well covered.

In brief, 7.62x39 is a caliber, not a loading. You can find quality soft point loads from most of the well-known manufacturers in the 124, 135 and 150 gr that you can buy in 20 round boxes and try them in your rifle to find what works best. Handloaders have other options, including molds for casting hard lead projectiles and there are .311" bullets of 160 grain as well as quality brass from the likes of Lapua.

R

geedavell
03-25-2012, 7:35 PM
I have 2500 rounds for sale for you to practice with

dfletcher
03-25-2012, 7:38 PM
I'd say given the right ammo whatever you can kill with a Winchester 94 in 30.30 WCF you can do the same with a CZ 527 in 7.62X39. That the bolt action CZ is more accurate than the 94 probably makes no difference to whatever is being shot.

rtc111
03-25-2012, 7:42 PM
Yeah you could, it's all about shot placement so if your comfortable with that gun take it, is it ideal, no. I wouldn't not take a shot at a deer furthan than 150 Y with a 7.62X39. Another problem is it hard finding coppers for that caliber. But Corbon makes some that looks pretty good

PEZHEAD265
03-25-2012, 9:42 PM
7.62x39 is good for deer to 150 yds and that is the extremme limit for a clean kill.7.62X39 is not in the same league as a 30-06[7.62x63], you are confusing 308[7.62x51] and 30-06[7.62x63]

zfields
03-25-2012, 9:47 PM
Pretty close to a 30-30, just have to find a load that uses a good softpoint bullet. The russian softpoints are not the best by any means.

Turo
03-25-2012, 9:54 PM
7.62x39 is good for deer to 150 yds and that is the extremme limit for a clean kill.7.62X39 is not in the same league as a 30-06[7.62x63], you are confusing 308[7.62x51] and 30-06[7.62x63]

You are the only person in this thread to mention 30-06 and 308. Nobody is saying that 7.62x39 is similar to those rounds. The only other caliber mentioned was 30-30, which the 7.62x39 is ballistically similar to.

PEZHEAD265
03-25-2012, 10:08 PM
I need glass thought the OP said it was effective as a 30-06

rtc111
03-26-2012, 8:15 AM
Not as effective as 30-06.

bigchelis
03-26-2012, 8:43 AM
Hello,

I have a CZ527 in 7.62x39 and with Iron sights and that 1lbs trigger it was a blast to shoot.

I shot this carbine this Saturday and I have not had this much fun shooting in a while. The most impressive aspect is how easy it tis to aquire the target with those Iron sights.

Shooting off hand standing up at 50yards with no support I still managed to hit the inside of 6in disk.

Anyhow I saw some hunting ammo for it at a local gunshop, but I think it was 124g type and at $30 bucks for 20 rounds I would definitely pick some up if I had a hunt scheduled. I dont recall the brand though.

bigC

The Bacon Eater
03-26-2012, 9:30 AM
I used a sks with 154gr sp for deer hunting in my younger days. I remember two kills with it from about 150 yards or so. Worked great

AKSOG
03-26-2012, 9:31 AM
Not as effective as 30-06.

or .50 bmg

wait? What are we talking about again?

Antiacus
03-26-2012, 10:16 AM
Not as effective as 30-06.

7.62x39 at 100yds > 30.06 at 400 yards.

donw
03-26-2012, 5:02 PM
it will do the job...shot placement and no more than 150-200 yards

brianinca
03-26-2012, 5:14 PM
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no more than 150-200 yards
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Which is as far as most hunters should be shooting anyway....

Regards,
Brian in CA