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As of late, I have been putting an AK pistol thru the paces ( current evaluations), and using it around my property as a feral pig slayer from up close and out to 200 yards or so. In the past, I have done quite a bit of hunting with AK/SKS rifles out of a few different states, ( deer/ hogs for most part).....and typically in terrain where thick brush is common. Also have quite a few friends and family who use this cartridge for hunting, and have for years.

Now for a few questions......

Anyone here have 1st hand expierience at hunting with this cartridge?

If so, please list the following .....
What species was being hunted
What firearm you used
Specific ammunition used
Distance to target, and any details regarding terminal effects, angled shots, etc....
Overall impressions

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don't know if this counts as firsthand but my friend has one he and I were getting rid of nuisance beavers ... sks pined to 5 rounds.. el cheapo steel jackets,,15 to 50 yds or so it was ok (I use a 22/250)im sure with softpoints it would kill a deer or hog quite nicely .don't think I would take one hunting a moose or big bear but a well placed shot would be effective if that's all you had
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Back when you could buy a SKS with scope and mount along with a case of ammo for under $100 they were very popular deer rifles here in Central Texas. A big CT whitetail buck runs about 120# on the hoof.

Mine was heart/lung shot at about 75 yards using a ChinaSport soft point. The deer ran about 30 yards before expiring. The bullet was expanded to a decent looking mushroom found under the skin on the opposite side.

The rifle/bullet combo did the job. Not quite as well as the 3030 used the year before. But is worked well enough.
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AK47, converted back from a sport config. About 80 yards, at dusk, single shot to a White Tail deer. Downhill...
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don't know if this counts as firsthand but my friend has one he and I were getting rid of nuisance beavers ... sks pined to 5 rounds.. el cheapo steel jackets,,15 to 50 yds or so it was ok (I use a 22/250)im sure with softpoints it would kill a deer or hog quite nicely .don't think I would take one hunting a moose or big bear but a well placed shot would be effective if that's all you had
Never shot a beaver with 7.62x39mm personally. Thanks for sharing. Armadillo, coons, feral dogs, coyote, skunk, ground hog, prairie dogs, jacks, to name a few here. ( 2 legged critters via work related)

It does kill deer and feral pigs just fine. I dumped a central TX boar that weighed close to 300 lbs a few days ago with one shot thru the neck at around 30-40 yards with the pistol in below pic. ( 125gr MFS JSP)

Used the rifle in same pic to take the moose in 2nd pic. ( 308 168gr ttsx at 226 yards.)

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I had a feral pig stand up from behind a brush tuft at my feet, I had an AK in a high tactical hold so I pivoted, shot it three times in the body at 3 feet. It took off down a pig tunnel and then another 150 years in scrub brush, the last 50 yards running dry. We only found it because of the turkey vultures. Soft points federal rounds.
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Lots of folks around here have used SKS's successfully on deer out to 100 yards.
Most used either softpoints or hollowpoints.
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I used a handloaded Olin 123g psp bullet on a white tail. It penetrated completely and exited without turning the entire shoulder into hamburger.

When i lived in Ca, i carried a 270 win because of the long ranges and the gusty winds.
Here in the Ozarks its hard to see 200 yds.
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back in college (1989 or so) i used an SKS to hunt rabbits. was pretty accurate! i would gut shoot them and have very little cleaning to do. it blew out the guts, heart & lungs wonderfully. i used Wolf FMJ's, cant remember the grain size.

with the right Ammo i wouldnt have a problem hunting wild hogs, deer, elk, or even black bear with it. Essentially, its equal to a 30-30.

Im just not sure how accurate an AK-47 would be for hunting, but ive had good sks's that did pretty well. you could go for bolt actions (like a CZ) chambered in 7.62 X 39.
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A little more info:

I lost the SKS in a fire some years ago. It was replaced with a Ruger 77 Hawkeye Carbine in 7.62X39 with a 2-7 Redfield. It came out to be just a little less expensive than duplicating the SKS setup with the way good SKS and accessories have soared up in price.
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back in college (1989 or so) i used an SKS to hunt rabbits. was pretty accurate! i would gut shoot them and have very little cleaning to do. it blew out the guts, heart & lungs wonderfully. i used Wolf FMJ's, cant remember the grain size.

with the right Ammo i wouldnt have a problem hunting wild hogs, deer, elk, or even black bear with it. Essentially, its equal to a 30-30.

Im just not sure how accurate an AK-47 would be for hunting, but ive had good sks's that did pretty well. you could go for bolt actions (like a CZ) chambered in 7.62 X 39.
I don't recall event using a rifle or pistol chambered in 7.62x39mm to shoot bunnies with.

However...... 7.62x51mm ( 168gr OTM) with same shot placement as you described will do this to a bunny at 200 + yards....Below pic)

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Have used a SKS to take numerous White Tail deer in South Carolina out to about 150 yards with no problems. Used the 130 grain hollow point by Wolf. The round always was successful in putting down the animal with one shot if I did my part.
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As of late, I have been putting an AK pistol thru the paces ( current evaluations), and using it around my property as a feral pig slayer from up close and out to 200 yards or so. In the past, I have done quite a bit of hunting with AK/SKS rifles out of a few different states, ( deer/ hogs for most part).....and typically in terrain where thick brush is common. Also have quite a few friends and family who use this cartridge for hunting, and have for years.

Now for a few questions......

Anyone here have 1st hand expierience at hunting with this cartridge?

If so, please list the following .....
What species was being hunted Wild Hogs
What firearm you used SKS
Specific ammunition used Lee 180 round nose, gas checked, cast lead, sized .311, velocity +/- 1500fps
Distance to target, and any details regarding terminal effects, angled shots, etc....From 0 to 80 yards. Broad side. Little meat damage but, appeared to impart great energy.
Overall impressions Never more than one shot, one kill. I feel it was more than adequate for the job and I think it would would have been, easily, as effective out to 150 yards.

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I've been killing pigs with my SKS for years and I average about 150 yards, but take shots out to about 350 yards on a somewhat regular basis. In my opinion, it's the most versatile hunting round out there and will kill pretty much anything in North America. No, it's not a sniper rifle by any stretch of the word, and I wouldn't use it on very large game (bear) unless I didn't have a choice, but for shorter ranges, it's a damn good round and very deadly (softball sized exit wounds on large hogs). I like it so much, I had an AR made in that caliber. One thing to note, is that any ammunition labeled NATO will out perform the other brands by leaps and bounds... Hornady especially.
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Im currently putting a different American made 7.62x39mm load thru some hog dumping paces and using an AK pistol to launch it with.

This load uses an all copper 117gr bullet designed to tumble when it impacts flesh .
Very destructive to say the least. So much that the " meat loss" crowd may not care for it.
This particular AK shoots it very well, as it is a very consistent combination in terms of accuracy and reliability. To date, I have only used it thru this AK and only taken 32 hogs with it so far.......so I still have more work cut out via evaluation .

The bad news = A hefty price tag per round.

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Example of one 7.62x39mm hog dump below .

Broadside hit at around 125 yards.

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Buddy I was boating with once dropped a moose from about 50-60 yards. 1952 SKS with cheap surplus ammo. She ran about 20 feet into the willows before dropping
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Good thread, I'd never really considered that round for hunting.

Just didn't want to add another caliber to the inventory list, I guess.

As with most things, It's not the arrow--it's the indian.
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I happened to kill a whitetail buck last fall with a CZ bolt action rifle chambered in that caliber. I used the Hornady SST bullet. It did the job well.
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