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Posted: 9/23/2004 12:18:18 AM EDT
Has anyone attempted to modernize the 7.62.39 cartridge? Kalashnikov himself was for this rather than 5.45 or adopting 5.56. While I am no gunsmith and no little or nothing of reloading is it possible to make the round better (accuracy, velocity, terminal ballistics) without making a new calibre and rifle?
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:32:14 PM EDT
No disrespect ment but Kalnishkov is old and thinks old like he is still fighting WWII.
Any improvment would require a larger case to get more velosity and a longer bullet with a hollow cavity in the nose so the bullet would become unstable quicker. The impoved 7.62x39mm cartridge wouldn't fit in a AKM as it would be too long and require a new designed larger/heavier rifle.
The reason the Russians went with the smaller caliber 5.45x39mm is it has it fits in the AKM size/weight rifle and has the higher velosity with a longer bullet that becomes unstable quickly.
Added to this is the lighter recoil and ability to carry more rounds per pound.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:33:20 PM EDT
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