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Old 04-11-2013, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by 9mmMike View Post
Yes, I realize 7.62x39 is cheap enough there isn't much margin for reloading, right now, but who know sin the future. To that end I am working up a load for my AK. My current recipe is:

123 gr FJSP
24 grains IMR4198
Winchester large rifle primers

Now, the reloading data I have in my manual doesn't have the 123 grain bullet, however it lists the lowest grains for 125 grain on IMR4198 is 24. On an online data site it showed for 122-125 grain bullet 24-26 grains is ok. Even though the load is for H4198 which burns slower than IMR4198 I figured using the minimum suggested load (24 grains) should put me in the middle range between the minimum shown and do no exceed levels.

I hope to chrono it and put up some data. To start with I only did fifty rounds. I used the Lee dies with their factory crimp die.

Anyone else have reloading recipes using IMR4198 and 123 grain bullets in 7.62x39?
I didn't go through the whole thread, so if someone has posted this warning already, forgive me.

I have never fired anything but Russian or Chinese military-type ammo through my SKSs and AKs. But I've read many times over the years that US commercial primers, both factory loads and primers sold for home loading, are too soft for AKs and SKSs that don't have return springs on their firing pins (which includes almsot ALL such carbines). They warn that slamfires can happen and the gun fire before the bolt's fully locked. Some SKSs have machinegunned, also, because of this. Since I've never loaded for the AK or SKS, I can't know how true it is, but many reputable gun writers have warned about this.

There are a couple companies selling hard primers for loaders, but I don't remember the names. You can also have a gunsmith install a firing pin spring.
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Default All the products mentioned work fine.

I hand load fire formed cases in a CZ M527 Carbine using 123Gr .310 Barnes TAC bullets. H335, IMR 4198 both fine. H335 < temp sensitive. All scarey accurate for an 18" barrel with a Tasco 4X32 scope.
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I just bought equipment to reload 300 WM.

I thought about buying the dies for x39. However, there are a few things keeping me from doing so.

1. Brass. I shoot commie ammo and it is all steel case. Further, my AK shooting is usually done moving making brass collection difficult(if I started shooting brass cased ammo). Further in a SHTF gun fight, I foresee brass collection to be improbable.

2. Price. It is less expensive to buy loaded x39 than the components, especially if you factor in time. Thus, it seems to me to be the better course to buy and stock loaded ammo versus components.

3. Accuracy. My AK mission is not Camp Perry matches. It shoots 1-2 inch 100 yard groups. It better than minute of man out past 300 yards.

Am I missing something in my analysis?
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