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Posted: 6/22/2011 7:29:31 AM EDT
Reloading 7.63X39 witch powder do you like to use....  I have been using IMR4895, but with pulled down 30cal, bullets its a real tight fit!
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 8:02:27 AM EDT
AA1680 is pretty much the perfect 7.62x39 powder in my book.

- AG
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 10:30:13 AM EDT
AA2230  I use in .223 too!
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 11:14:39 AM EDT
imr 4895, win 296, and aa1680 i use
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 1:31:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
AA1680 is pretty much the perfect 7.62x39 powder in my book.

- AG


Why do you say that?(just curious)




Ive used RL7,BLC2,4895,4198, and benchmark OP
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 3:08:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By fefu23:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
AA1680 is pretty much the perfect 7.62x39 powder in my book.

- AG


Why do you say that?(just curious)




Ive used RL7,BLC2,4895,4198, and benchmark OP


 Cuz 1680 was specially designed for the X39.  I use it, but I have found much better accuracy with other powders. H-322, H-4198 and N-130 are tops on my list for accuracy and velocity.  AA 2015 is by far the most accurate in my rifle, but velocity is a bit lacking.  Never could get any kind of consistency as far as accuracy goes with R-7, YMMV.

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 3:15:55 PM EDT
H-4198
H-322
AA-2015
N-133

Will all work well.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 3:34:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
AA1680 is pretty much the perfect 7.62x39 powder in my book.

- AG


Bingo!
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:04:55 PM EDT
I am still pretty new to reloading, how are you using the pulled .30 cal bullets? Sizing the necks down from .310 to .308? Just wondering because .310 bullets can be pretty expensive.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 5:51:42 PM EDT
I just picked up a jug of WC297 to try with cast bullets.   Will see how that works.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 6:32:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 6:34:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2011 6:44:23 PM EDT by res45]
AA1680 would be my first choice if I could get it local but nobody around here carries it anymore,I settled on Reloader#7 as my main powder for X39 loads and IMR or H4198 as a backup powder.  For cast bullet loads in my SKS rifle I like Alliant 2400 12.5 grs @1400 fps.. for a plinking and small game loads and 15.0 grs. @1900 fps. for 170 gr. loads,it takes much less powder and cycles my rifles just fine.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 6:49:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2011 4:14:40 AM EDT
another AA1680 user here
Link Posted: 6/23/2011 6:00:07 AM EDT
X-terminator for 145gr M25 tracers, AA2200Data for everything else
Link Posted: 6/23/2011 6:39:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By fefu23:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
AA1680 is pretty much the perfect 7.62x39 powder in my book.

- AG


Why do you say that?(just curious)




Ive used RL7,BLC2,4895,4198, and benchmark OP


I have never loaded 7.62x39mm for an overly accurate platform (i.e. CZ bolt gun, etc.).  I load '39 for bulk.  AA1680 not only was designed for the '39, it meters great, achieves good velocities, and fills the case appropriately.

- AG
Link Posted: 6/23/2011 6:56:02 AM EDT
I actually loaded some up (20 or so) a few years back & have yet to test them; the only powder I had on hand (for which I could find published book data) was H-335 - so I used the book starting load (Winchester boxer cases).  Bullets are the Russian 123 grn JHPs that Wideners used to sell back in the 90s; I think Tula or some other state factory in Russia made them.

It is not the ideal speed of powder to use - I know that.  Anyone else load with that powder?  Result?  Muzzle flash? Accuracy?  I have an AK as well as a SKS.
Link Posted: 6/23/2011 9:07:39 AM EDT
You guys that load 7.62x39 should try the newer AA2200, it is the best powder for 6.8SPC as well and I've got most of the 6.8 community using it now but it was designed for x39 and should work very well, it's just a little slower than 1680 but faster than AA2230/Xterminator and it's one of St Marks new super ball powders that isn't temp sensitive and has the high energy properties like Superformance and Pro powders.
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