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Old 05-01-2021, 4:27 PM
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Contemplating jumping into this caliber. What are people using for bullets and powder for this caliber? For use in a 1954 Russian SKS. And---in search of dies and brass.

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Old 05-01-2021, 4:41 PM
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Contemplating jumping into this caliber. What are people using for bullets and powder for this caliber? For use in a 1954 Russian SKS. And---in search of dies and brass.

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look into bullet selection and cost.
I passed on this calber.
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Old 05-01-2021, 4:48 PM
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for powder, AA2200. It can also be used in light 223 rounds (55gr and lighter)

available as of now in 8lb jug
https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/product/accurate-2200/

For projectiles, Grafs recently had some .310 projectiles for 24¢ each but they are sold out now.

The total cost will definitely cost more than Tula/Brown Bear etc, but you'll avoid the magnetic ammo restrictions so you can shoot it during the dry season, which is most of the year. As for accuracy, you likely won't see much gains there.
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Old 05-01-2021, 4:49 PM
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Considering your entire history on this account is in the marketplace, what do you mean get into this caliber. You want to purchase componants to try and sell to others or do you want to reload for this caliber.
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Old 05-01-2021, 5:02 PM
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Considering your entire history on this account is in the marketplace, what do you mean get into this caliber. You want to purchase componants to try and sell to others or do you want to reload for this caliber.
Reload for myself but I didn't understand your comment history on this account?????
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Old 05-01-2021, 5:29 PM
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I was mistaken. Your history of starting threads is all marketplace. So to me its people looking to see what to buy up and then resell in the marketplace which screws the ones trying to reload for themselves and not getting into the buy/sell aspect.

That being said 123gr pills are the standard along with AA1680. You can go heavier or lighter. AA5477 is used for 300BOut and there is data for 7.62x39 and stated velocity is in the wheel house. Brass might be an issue as well not sure the ejection pattern on your rifle so dents might happen (not a deal breaker as they should fireform out when firing but then again it will dent when ejected) I bought a 7.62x39 AR Upper so my brass was unscathed.
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Old 05-01-2021, 5:39 PM
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Hornady makes 123gr bulk but they are hard to find and normally expensive
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Berdan or boxer primer? aren't the primer pockets also different? If using boxer primer, need to use brass that was previous loaded as boxer? Or modify brass berdan primer pockets?
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Tough time to 'get into' a new caliber. If you think you will reload for X39 just be patient and buy supplies as they come up for sale. Eventually Lee will get their moulds back into the supply chain and then you'll be able to cast your own projectiles.
The plated bullets from Berry's and X-treme may come back eventually, but will be higher priced than before because the commodity price of copper has just about doubled in recent months. Consider it a challenge to put together the components
and materials you'll need, that way it will feel like a victory every time you score the 'treasure'. Like I said, not the best time to start with a very popular caliber, but doable for sure.

Some brass in the Marketplace right now: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s....php?t=1709123

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Thanks for the tip on the pills and powder. As fort starting a new caliber---before covid I pretty much only loaded straight wall pistol as I shot about 500 rounds a week. Since Covid I've loaded for just about everything else in the safe except shotgun and x39 which I believe has been about 8 different calibers. Supplies are out there if you are patient. friend just got 6 lbs of cfe pistol off precision reloading the other day for 26 dollars a pound. I picked up 4 lbs of HP38 a month ago for 25.00 a pound. Had stocked up prior to covid so have loaded about 10K since then and still good to go. Don't shoot as much as I was BC so started branching out with other calibers. Actually enjoying the single stage loading a lot more than pushing out thousands of rounds on a progressive. Certainly learn a lot more this way. Anyway----thanks for the tips---always nice to have a starting point to see what others have done successfully before jumping in blind
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Diamond K brass has a good deal for once fired brass. Can get 1k for around 250 but you will need to separate boxer from berdan primers. Out of 500 I bought i had 25ish berdan primed brass.
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Looking to load about a 1K so I'll check them out. Thanks
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Bah forgot to add. Make sure you know the barrel diameter. 7.62x39 barrels can come in .308, .310 or .311. .310 is standard but some are chambered in the other two.
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Hornady offers an fmj and sp in 310, nosler some 310, and Sierra 311.

For powder I like h4198 or cfe blk, everything is hard to find.
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That being said 123gr pills are the standard along with AA1680. You can go heavier or lighter. AA5477 is used for 300BOut.
I use 1680 for sub and super 300 BO
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I picked up 4 lbs of HP38 a month ago for 25.00 a pound.
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Whoever did that deal must’ve been a real nice guy or a total idiot! Maybe both!

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Good luck getting cci 34 primers. Can't run regular LRP in sks or it will slam fire haven.
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Old 05-02-2021, 7:30 AM
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The guy who did the deal for the HP 38 is a fellow Cal Gunner who made the deal with me right here on Cal Guns so calling him an idiot is pretty F'd up. There are those of us who still have scruples and don't gouge. I've bartered with many people for reasonable trades. Funny---I asked a simple question about a new caliber and got more smart *** replies. 7.62---thanks for the tip on the primers---I did not know this information. As for finding them---everything can be found eventually. Not trying to load today--just gathering data and what I need. Running out of things to load so am putting this one on the list. Might taker a minute to find what I need but everything is out there. I buy stuff that I don't need so I have things to trade. I'll find the primers. Thanks
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for powder, AA2200.

available as of now in 8lb jug
https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/product/accurate-2200/
I think I still have some surplus 2200 that I paid $48 a jug for.
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Easy now big fella! I made that made the deal with you on the HP-38 and met you at the Roseville gun show!

I was just trying to be a wise-***, hence the smiley-face. I guess it didn’t come across quite right!

Sorry ‘bout that, ... but thanks for sticking up for me!

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Damnit---I didn't catch that! I appreciated that. felt a bit ganged up on this one. Have had great help from people on here on may issues. Guess I came across as a newbie so the clowns came out.
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It’s all good!

If you still have my number, text me with yours - I killed my phone and lost all my contacts!

Take care!

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Contemplating jumping into this caliber. What are people using for bullets and powder for this caliber? For use in a 1954 Russian SKS. And---in search of dies and brass.

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7.62 Russian is so cheap and my Yugoslavian SKS will chew up the brass.

So I pass on reloading this caliber.
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I own 2 SKS's, 3 Ak's and a Colt 7.62X39 R6830. I reload for the Colt since the brass can be recovered better than the Com Bloc guns which beat the brass and the brass being launched farther away. I get under 2MOA with the reloads for the Colt.

I only use factory ammo for the Com Bloc guns. If I didn't own the Colt, I wouldn't reload. Not worth it.
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good info on com vs ar platform. Thanks for that
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some say- cast your own and powdercoat - this way you get projectiles that fit the AK Bore
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I reload .357mag,.38,9mm,.223,.300black out,.308,.44mag,45acp,30-06,.270win,45-70, and probably a few more. I have the dies for 7.62x39, but dont reload that because the bullets are difficult to find and the brass isnt common. So I havent invested much in that caliber. I do have a Chinese SKS (CGA GLNIC?) and a Chinese Poly Technologies AK-47S under folder. They just eat factory, so dont get fired much.

I would only reload for it if I really wanted to cast those bullets and I sourced a bunch of brass. Thats one of those calibers thats hard to save on reloading (for me, anyways).
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