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I have recently purchased a dragunov romak-3 semi-auto rifle and plan to hunt whitetail deer. I tried some 147gr. mil. surplus ammo that is very accurate and cheap but I shot through a basketball sized oak tree at 30 yards. I don't need that kind of penatration, the ammo is steel. I tried some sellier & bellot 180gr. ammo. w/ destructive results. see the other posts:
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Has anyone found any safe 150gr soft point/hp/ ect.......
 

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I don't know if you can get them in the US but Highland makes some cheap but good ammo in 7.62x54, it's imported from Slovakia and is avalible in most gunshops here.
penatration is amazing with that milsurp ammo isn't it :shock: .
 

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I agree - a heavier bullet (approx. 180 gr.) - soft-point, of course, for hunting.... with the same powder charge as the lighter round.... will give plenty of energy, but less penetration (though certainly enough). A 147gr. bullet for this cartridge is a bit light - the cartridge was originally designed around a bullet weight of approx. 200 gr. The light bullet creates very high velocity.... coupled with FMJ bullet design - to equal tremendous penetration.
 
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