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Reddog33  [Member]
8/18/2011 7:43:39 PM
What Ak ammo would you recommend for 7.62x 39. There seems to be a lot of Russian ammo available ( Brown bear, silver bear, etc) is any of it any good? Where is the best place to buy from with good prices and low shipping? I looked at AIM Surplus and the shipping fees were $27.00....... SHEW...........................
Thanks
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TJRoush  [Member]
8/18/2011 7:53:02 PM
SGammo is my "go to" source
kar98k  [Life Member]
8/18/2011 7:53:15 PM
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Wolf, bears, tigers.

If you register with Century International and send them a copy of your driver's license you can buy ammo direct from them. If you have a C&R or are in another of their categories you can buy at dealer's price, otherwise retail prices apply. When I was still amassing ammo, orders for ammo over $500 shipped free.

StephenNW  [Team Member]
8/18/2011 7:58:41 PM
Originally Posted By Reddog33:
What Ak ammo would you recommend for 7.62x 39. There seems to be a lot of Russian ammo available ( Brown bear, silver bear, etc) is any of it any good? Where is the best place to buy from with good prices and low shipping? I looked at AIM Surplus and the shipping fees were $27.00....... SHEW...........................
Thanks


Gun-deals.com is a search engine that shows what ammo is available, and how much it costs to ship to your locale. It's a good resource for your last question.

For your first question, yes...most of the ammo available for the AK is Russian. Yes, for cheap ammo, it's all pretty good. Or at least, none of it is full-on "bad", anyway. Some brands are slightly better than others imho. My favorite Russian ammo is Golden Tiger. It has a laquer coating instead of the more common polymer coating, it seems to burn a little cleaner than most, and it also seems to have a little more juice than some of the other cheap Russian brands.

Reliability with all of the Russian ammo is generally good. Some brands may be slightly less consistent than others, but again…none of them are truly so bad that you should avoid them entirely. Any properly built AK should feed just about any steel-cased ammo without any problems.

There is also Yugoslavian surplus ammo available. It is cheap, brass-cased, and of very high quality. Unlike the Russian commercial ammo, the Yugo ammo is corrosive...which is not a big deal. Just clean your rifle after shooting it.
dskeet  [Member]
8/18/2011 8:12:34 PM
Originally Posted By Reddog33:
What Ak ammo would you recommend for 7.62x 39. There seems to be a lot of Russian ammo available ( Brown bear, silver bear, etc) is any of it any good? Where is the best place to buy from with good prices and low shipping? I looked at AIM Surplus and the shipping fees were $27.00....... SHEW...........................
Thanks


Cases of ammo are heavy, shipping is never going to be cheap unless youre just getting a small order.
d90king  [Member]
8/18/2011 8:31:00 PM
I prefer Golden Tiger. I used to like Wolf camo box but Wolf quality seems off as of late. The Golden Tiger is consistent and the most accurate 7.62X39 ammo I have shot.
warman1945  [Member]
8/18/2011 8:41:22 PM
over in my town we have a gun store that thats all they sell is russian ammo and some 556 and they sell it real cheap if you live in KY or indiana its worth the ride
nowgrn4  [Member]
8/18/2011 8:44:46 PM
Originally Posted By d90king:
I prefer Golden Tiger. I used to like Wolf camo box but Wolf quality seems off as of late. The Golden Tiger is consistent and the most accurate 7.62X39 ammo I have shot.


+1
POLYTHENEPAM  [Member]
8/18/2011 9:17:48 PM
If you're shooting FMJ, the GT has the best terminal ballistics of any FMJ bullet made by the Russians. It yaws as quickly as the Yugoslavian made M67. It's as accurate as Bernaul.
amendment  [Team Member]
8/18/2011 9:49:09 PM
I have had great luck with the silver bear, it seems to run well in everything I put it in. With the other brands it depends on the rifle, my Arsenal
does not like golden tiger so much but likes the tula and some of the wolf. Ymmv
SickMAK90  [Team Member]
8/19/2011 1:05:55 AM
Allegedly the new wolf "WPA" stuff is Barnaul. Idk if it's true, but so far I've had good luck with it.
chris-gonzalez-tx  [Member]
8/19/2011 1:10:56 AM
If you have an Academy nearby, they might stock 7.62 ammo(although they cater more towards American calibers at my store ) Had Monarch ammo for 4.99 a box in 500 round cases. Walked away with 5
cmca  [Member]
8/19/2011 10:15:56 PM
Originally Posted By TJRoush:
SGammo is my "go to" source


I bought some 7.62x39 here also after they were mentioned on ARFCOM. Will deal with them again if they have what I'm looking for.
Overdose  [Member]
8/20/2011 12:40:03 AM
IMO, any FMJ is good.

I've had hollow points fail to feed, so FMJ it is for me.
Mah_lee  [Member]
8/20/2011 1:01:36 AM
A quick note about corrosive ammo: clean the ENTIRE head of the piston, as well as you clean the barrel. Add the gas tube to that as well.
In my naivete, I just cleaned the barrel with some hot water and some spray (break free or whatever I had) and quickly wiped the the piston head with a clean paper towel. It was green/blue two weeks later
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8/20/2011 10:10:10 PM
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BigChap  [Member]
8/21/2011 4:14:44 PM
I use Herter's (from the local Cabela's), steel-cased, non-corrosive. This is really the only local option for bulk Russian cheap ammo, but I'm ok with that. I like it, and it's cheap. It's also very reliable (over 1000 rds with no dead primers or squibs). I bought some hollow points a few weeks back, about 150 rounds, and fed them through. I had 3 fail to feeds in one magazine through my wasr 10/63. It was JUST through the steel mag. Tapco polymer mags seemed to feed it fine, but the steel mags with Herter's hollow points did not work together very well. I generally stay away from HP's, unless they are on sale cheaper than FMJ's, as was the case a few weeks ago.

Happy Hunting
Clockwork138  [Team Member]
8/21/2011 9:49:21 PM

Originally Posted By nowgrn4:
Originally Posted By d90king:
I prefer Golden Tiger. I used to like Wolf camo box but Wolf quality seems off as of late. The Golden Tiger is consistent and the most accurate 7.62X39 ammo I have shot.


+1

+2

Golden Tiger is the only new production 7.62x39 I buy anymore. I stock it and Yugo M67. Both have better accuracy than other Russian loads through my rifles. They allegedly have better terminal ballistics than other 7.62x39 FMJs as well.
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