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Old June 11th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #1
 
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7.62x39 M77?

I just saw that these are being made in limited runs, and now I want one bad!

Does anyone have one? Is it worth getting, and how do they perform?


I had thought of getting CZ's 7.62x39 bolt gun but never wanted one bad enough, until I found out Ruger makes one!

It looks like a winner with a good red dot or low powered optic.



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I don't have one of the Compacs but do have three of the original 77MKIIs....they are EXCELLENT shooters. If the new one was stainless instead of blue I would buy one of these also...





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The 7.62x39 in a bolt gun is a low recoil deer round and will reach ourt about 75-100 yards further than traditional 30-30 ammo. The new Hornady levrlrution ammo makes up some of that difference though but a bolt gun will be more accurate than almost all 30 30 lever actions.
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Chronoed the Lapua ammo that the rifles like so well.....

From the 20" Light weight they were 2470 and from the 22" 2495. Would like to make up a load using a soft point bullet going that fast.....

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You can find Ruger's in 7.62X39, I have seen at least 6 in the past 2-3 years. I think two were the compact, but the rest were the ones pictured above. It is a fine Deer/Varmint cartridge and also an incredible plinking round. I plan on getting a Ruger M77 stanless in it someday for a fun/hunting gun. Go and find yourself one, you'll be very happy as many people I've talked to on the i-net are.
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Shot the Lite Rifle at a friends place over the weekend....







First group at 100 was a little over an inch.... Second group was at 300 and just over 3". Then I pulled everything in tight and shot this group....






These are real shooters with the right ammo.....Bob
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The problem is most of the ammo is not very good.
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100% correct..garbage in...garbage out. I lucked out a few years ago and bought several cases of Lapua Match at a very cheap price. It has been stunningly accurate in all the guns it has been fed into.

This was the first three shots fired from the Lite Rifle after I brought it home... Just a cheap Bushnell scope....



I have another pic of a group almost that good with a Ruger K1-A but I can't find it right now....

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hmmmmm...interesting...i've never read much about the 7.62x39 in a BA or single shot.

one of the things that keeps me from getting one is the limited bullet selection for hand loading...(but it's mostly for the AK)
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The problem is most of the ammo is not very good.
Indeed. I have an AR in 7.62x39 and it was never as accurate as it could be... until I started reloading 7.62x39 with Hornady bullets and Winchester cases and it really did pull the groups in tight... a little over an inch at 100 yards.
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I got interested in a 7.62x39 bolt action as a low cost round as I really shoot a lot and many of the centerfires I shoot are getting costly to even reload for. Plus it seemed like a good excuse to buy a new rifle. After reading about the few bolt actions 7.62x39s I purchased a CZ 527 Carbine not long ago and yes it does shoot great even with cheap steel cased rounds.
The three shoot group shown was fired at 100 yards through the CZ. It was steel cased 123 grain HP Brown Bear ammo which cost me $129.00 for 500 rounds! I would also hope that a Ruger in 7.62x39 would also shoot great, although I couldn't find any in my area to even look at.
I have had no trouble shooting the steel cased Brown Bear ammo in the CZ, my only complaint being that its really dirty. But for the price, fun, and the accuracy I am getting its worth it. I clean my rifles as soon as I get done shooting anyhow. I would buy a 7.62x39bolt action again as it is a much more accurate round in a bolt action than the military rifles I have seen firing it. I guess the round is not inaccurate, but many of the rifles made for it are.
I think Ruger would sell a bunch in 7.62x39 if they would make them in quantity and the word gets out. I know that the Model 527 Carbine in 7.62x39 is popular with CZ fans, now I know why.
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Here's my Ruger 7.62x39mm..... a Mini-30 that does all that I want it too !!

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The 7.62x39 in a bolt gun is a low recoil deer round and will reach ourt about 75-100 yards further than traditional 30-30 ammo. The new Hornady levrlrution ammo makes up some of that difference though but a bolt gun will be more accurate than almost all 30 30 lever actions.
The only thing better about 7.62x39 is spitzer bullet & cheap target ammo. I have a 340 savage 30-30 its a tack driver. Ruger should build a 30-30 or better yet 30 Rem bolt rifle. Would be much better for hunting with 150 gr.& maybe bring the 30 Rem back from being obsolete its just a rimless 30-30. I think they both shoot 150gr bullets at about same velocity the 7.62x39 does the 125gr. The 7.62x39 is ok its just behind the other two. Its only plus is cheap ammo for plinking compared to the 30-30.
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I got interested in a 7.62x39 bolt action as a low cost round as I really shoot a lot and many of the centerfires I shoot are getting costly to even reload for. Plus it seemed like a good excuse to buy a new rifle. After reading about the few bolt actions 7.62x39s I purchased a CZ 527 Carbine not long ago and yes it does shoot great even with cheap steel cased rounds.

I know that the Model 527 Carbine in 7.62x39 is popular with CZ fans, now I know why.
Im in the same boat with you and I have my local dealer ordering me one and cant wait for it to get here! I mean lets consider a 20 round box of steel case plinking ammo is 4.97 a box vs 12.97 for a cheap box of 30-30. Besides I already own multiple AK's and SKS's and have a gang of ammo socked away for a rainy day. As such it only makes sense to go with a bolt gun in the 7.62x39. Having done some reloading with this round I have been able to shrink 4 inch groups at 100 yards down to just under 2 inches in one of my SKS's, so I think the chambering has some serious potential in a well made gun.

My biggest reason for deciding to go with the CZ-527 instead of the Ruger or Savage is bore diameter in addition to the great reviews the gun seems to get on a consistent basis. It might be permisable to shoot a .311 bullet down a .308 bore, but having worked with explosives for over 2 decades...I feel more comfortable sending a .311 bullet down a .311 bore instead of a .308 one. Just saying...
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hmmmmm...interesting...i've never read much about the 7.62x39 in a BA or single shot.

one of the things that keeps me from getting one is the limited bullet selection for hand loading...(but it's mostly for the AK)
CZ makes one, too
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