154 gr. SP
Have any of you guys used the Herter's 154 gr. soft point for plunking or hunting? I bought a bunch at a gun show but have not fired any of it yet. Pretty good sized bullet for 7.62x39. OAL is about 2.188 or so, fits in the mag.
OK then, what do you reloaders think about heavier weight bullets in the AK 47 platform?
I've been using the Herter's 154 grain soft points. It's just repackaged Russian surplus ammo. Every box I've bought was actually TulAmmo. I've gotten good accuracy at 100 yards, great expansion, and have never had a fail to feed or fail to fire (impressive because I'm shooting a mini-30 instead of an AK and the mini-30 usually has problems with Russian ammo.) Check the to see if there is any 154 grain ammo in original Russian packaging because it might be cheaper and would be the same ammo.
I would recommend it. I prefer shooting as heavy a bullet as possible and in 7.62 Soviet this is it. It'll pretty much fold a coyote in half out to 200 yards, but I haven't shot anything larger than that with it.
Good to know and thanks for pitching in on the subject. I'm thinking about working up my own load for this bullet, if i can find a 154 gr. bullet. There must be load data somewhere as a starting point.
Folks report it chrono's at about 2100 fps. I have some, have yet to shoot it though.
Given the bullet weight, bullet diameter, and its velocity, I'd say if it expands it will work about as well as a 30-30.
I ran it almost exclusively in my AR pistol.
You can get it on sale for 4$/box, and they have a 5-10% (depending on store) discount for mil/fire/le,etc
Makes it less than $200/1000, even with taxes....
I had a lot of failures with the FMJ, but never with the SP..
I have loaded a lot of the 147 gr FMJBTSC pulled from 7.62x54R light ball ammo. Silver paint on bullet tip.
Wideners had these a couple of years ago for $152 for 2k. Wish they would get more in.
They shoot good in my AK.