7.62×39 isn’t a round that you would traditionally see topped with a lead cast bullet. One might even go so far as to say that 7.62×39 isn’t a common round to handload at all. In-fact there are many reasons to cast and handload this cartridge. To name a few…
- In times of shortage casting bullets or loading your own 7.62×39 ammo may be a necessity.
- There are many 7.62×39 firearms besides the SKS and AK rifles, some have smaller .308 bores, a great reason to hand load.
- The Ruger Mini 30 is said to be finicky when it comes to cheap ammo, premium retail ammo or hand loads are preferred.
- The CZ 527 and Zastava M85 bolt action 7.62×39 rifles are sure to benefit from custom loads.
Awhile back I decided to whip up a batch of lead cast 7.62×39 to try in a regular old WASR-10 AK. While I wouldn’t normally go through the trouble for an AK… things went just fine! Video Here.