Re: re: What about the .303
Luv2 I have a 762X39,is the 762X54 just a bit bigger?Also how readily available is the round.Drop-Shot
Both rounds are now available in sporting ammo and inexpensive ball ammo.
To compare the 7.62X39 to the 7.62X54 is like comparing the 30-30 to a 308 or 30-06. The 7.62x39 is not much of a hunting round, while the 7.62X54r is a potent one. The 7.62X54r can be extremely accurate in well made rifles, also.
The 7.62X39 would be OK for hunting the Costal Blacktails within 100-125 yards. The big problem with the x39 is the lousey small bullets made for it. They are about as bad for hunting as anything I could imagine. With a good rifle and 150 to 170 gr bullets it would make a nice 30-30 class set up. The bullets are .311 diameter, however, and about the biggest designed in any kind of a hunting configuration for the x39 are something like the Speer 125 gr Hot Core...far too small IMHO.
On the other hand, the 7.62X54r can be loaded up with 150s and 180s for a real big game combination that hits like an '06.
In a bolt rifle or a break open rifle the X39 could be loaded to about 30-30 ballistics with .311 150 gr bullet...about 2,300 FPS...