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Old 06-10-2008, 03:23 PM
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I am not yet reloading, but plan to start up soon. I am about to buy 7.62x39 in bulk to keep me shooting for a few months and noticed that the ammo I usualy buy is non-reloadable (but very cheap - Wolf steel cased). Is it worth reloading 7.62x39? Or is ammo so cheap I would be wasting my time? Should I buy more expensive ammo just to save the brass, or just buy the wolf and not worry about it?

Either way I plan to reload because I want to shoot my arisaka and cannot afford the store-bought ammo...

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Old 06-10-2008, 03:36 PM
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I think it is worth it. The reloading supplies can be costly up front,but it does pay for it self. Since you will be using brass instead of Wolf ammo,it will run a lot cleaner in your gun. (however I clean my weapons after every trip to the range regardless) And when you reload you can experiment and find out what load works best for you.
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:40 PM
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Get some brass and components to reload, but for the most part I believe "golden tiger" is the cheapest way for you to keep shooting....Just my wandering thoughts.
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I was going to re-load and start a shop on this and this was the main round I wanted to do. I found its cheaper to buy right now then to reload. I say if you buy anymore buy the brass stuff that can be reloaded and go from there. The brass is just so high for that round. Im not sure how .223 is right now some one on another board said that was cheaper now then to buy. When you start to reload get a small set up and have fun thats what its all about. Also check your local walmart ours sells reloading supplies you may get lucky. Keep us posted.

PS www.gunbroker.com has some good deals on once fired brass on differnet cals and on 7.62x39 at times.
Old 06-10-2008, 04:21 PM
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I reload for everything but the 7.62x39. The non reloadable stuff is still a bargain.
I just got into shooting the 7.62x39 and as things go and time permits I'll eventually reload for it too...
Right now I'm building up a supply of the non reloadable stuff, once thats done I'll turn my attention to components and such...
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One thing to note, is that the violent extraction/ejection of the AK system often tends to smash up brass.
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Yes, you never know when ammo is going to go up again and when things are going to happen. It's cleaner to boot.
Old 06-11-2008, 03:03 AM
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Keep in mind that not too long ago you could get a 1000 case of Wolf for just over $100... now it is over $250.

And also, a lot of suppliers are on a perpetual backorder on the stuff too... moreso the .223 ammo, but common military calibers are getting harder to come by unless you buy the $20/box domestic stuff.

Reloading/Casting is the way to go. Just in the interest of increased accuracy and plain ol' survival preps. My guess is that scarcity will be the problem long before cost is. So if you cant get rounds for it... its just a block of wood and metal. But if you reload and cast, you can shoot it indefinitely... just stock up on primers and powders.
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I haven't reloaded rifle ammo in a long time. I do keep all my brass though. I will be reloading x39 starting this year. I have enough brass cases to start. If not for reloading, I would not have been able to shoot the .45 or .357 nearly as much as I do. It is worth the time and effort to make your own ammo. I have even started pouring my own bullets, just because it is cheaper in the long run. Try reloading, you will love it.
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Sorry for being ignorant.. but is reloadable means that you can readily refill the caseing correct? And non-reloadable means once you shoot it, its done.

What is the difference in terms of the bullets being clean?
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Pretty much...
It mainly has to do with the style of primer used in assembling the cartridge.
A cartridge that employs a Boxer type primer is generally considered reloadable.
A case that employs a Berdan type primer is generally considered nonreloadable. You can but I won't get into that for the sake of brevity.

A quick way to tell is by looking into a spent casing if it has one hole its Boxer if it has two smaller holes side by side its Berdan.

One way the term "clean" is used is to describe the amount of residue left behing after the cartridge has been fired.
They all leave residue some less than others and are considered to be clean shooting.
Hope that helps...
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if your going to reload it you better buy ALOT of gunpowder NOW!!! in the next few weeks gunpowder is going to go up ive herd as much as 50% (as well as all ammo but it will not all go up at one time) so if your going to get it now is the time. it all depends on how much your going to shoot it. about how many rounds a year are we talking about? for me its not cost effective even if i had all the equipment to reload 7.62. it still wouldnt save me anything.you also have to consider not just the cost in cash but the time it will consume to reload.
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My experience is that it is cheaper to buy not the case for all types of cartridges but for the 7.62x39 it generally is. I do reload the 7.62x39 because I believe that down the road the only resupply of ammo available will be what you can reload. I have even experimanted with a Pyrodex loading ( have to cycle the action manually but it works.
Get a base supply of 7.62x39 and a reloading kit. With just the purchase of dies you can load for other cartridges if you have the components.
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Back when I had the money to blow i bought 10,000 cases of new Winchester brass for 7.62X39.

I wish I had bought more. The guy who sold it to me had 50,000 cases he wanted to sell.
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would definitly like to start reloading myself but don't know how. where would u get that kind of info?
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would definitly like to start reloading myself but don't know how. where would u get that kind of info?


Start with some basic reloading books. Im sure some people here could point out some good books.

Invest in decent quality equipment and supplies and go from there.
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