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Non semi's in 7.62x39?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Quackerbacker, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Quackerbacker

    Quackerbacker Springfield, OR Active Member

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    Considering this cartridge for my kids first hunting rifle. She won't be taking shots past 100 yards anyway.

    Trying to get an idea of what's out there in bolt and single shot.

    I'm aware of the cz-527 but it's just a tad steep for what i'm wanting to pay on this rifle.

    The only requirements are that it has iron sights and doesn't weigh a ton.
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Check Rossi or NEF. Both make inexpensive single shot break actions in many calibers
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    The 7.62 x 39 certainly has it's place but if you are looking for a bolt or SS gun then my opinion would be to opt for a more traditional caliber. Another Idea (unless you are dead set on a bolt or SS rifle) would be a plain Jane Mod 94 Winchester in 30-30. Better ballistics than the 7.62 and the weight and sight requirements are what you are looking for and they can be found reasonably priced. Like the 7.62 the 30-30 has it's place (in a lever gun) but I would not choose either for a bolt or SS rifle as much better calibers are available for those. I guess the only up side to a non-semi 7.62 would be ammo cost for practice but how about the choices for hunting? I have never looked but I suspect SP ammo for the 7.62 might be right up there with the 'traditional' calibers therefore not giving any advantage.
     
  4. Quackerbacker

    Quackerbacker Springfield, OR Active Member

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    Not too bad an idea. I'm not yet 100% sold on it, but i can't imagine an easier recoiling rifle, that's handy, and cheap ammo for practice for her.

    Come hunting season, i'll probably load her up some tsx 130's in .311. At 2,200 fps or so they will do the job admirably for the likely 25-75 yard shot she will take.

    Other calibers i've considered are 6.5 swede and 250 savage. If i could find a beater model 99 in 250-3000 with an already cut down stock (i don't have the heart to do it myself ;)) that would be pretty attractive too.

    Good idea on the model 94, i'll put that on my short list as well - thanks.
     
  5. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I guess I never thought about if you reload or not. Since you do then that makes things easier with your selection as ammo choices will never be an issue. Since you mentioned the classic M99 why not one in .243 Winchester? - my personal favorite rifle caliber but finding one in .243 may be a problem. Also M99s aren't the lightest rifles in the rack as you were mentioning weight will be an issue.
     
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  6. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you can find one----BARS 4-1
     
  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I 2nd the choice of a .243 Winchester, especially in a Savage 99. It's kinda heavy, too. Not so heavy that it's a pain to pack around, but heavy enough that it won't kick very much. Plus, as she gets more experience she won't be limited to close up shots.
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I understand the appeal of the 7.62x39 with respect to the availability of cheap
    practice ammo, but if you reload you can reduce the ammo costs with other
    calibers.

    Consider this---there is probably a reason that darned near every manufacturer
    makes youth models in 7mm-08 and .243.
     
  9. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Zastava makes a bolt action in 7.62x39, that may be one to look for, though I doubt they're terribly common.
     
  10. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I tought the Zastava was a good ixea. It is imported by Remington as the 799. But, it doesn't have open sights, one of QB requirements.
     
  11. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Maybe one of these by USSG?

    489944.jpg

    Not cheap, but cheaper than the CZ.
     
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  12. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A Marlin 336 in 30-30 would be a good choice. as it has the easy ability to mount a scope if desired.

    A model 94 Carbine is about as light of rifle as you will find thats a repeater. A nice used one can be had for under $400.00 You could also look for a Ranger in one of the pistol calibers like 357 mag or 44 mag.
     
  13. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Savage 10 FCM Scout - might be hard to find though.
     
  14. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Or, if you are perhaps extremely, extremely fortunate, you may be able to locate an Australian M10-A2; it's basically an Enfield in 7.62x39 that uses AK mags.
     
  15. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Ruger M77CR comes in 7.62x39.
    Ruger® M77® Hawkeye® Compact Bolt-Action Rifle Models

    A friend loaned me one to teach my stepdaughter how to shoot. It was fairly accurate. even with cheap ammo.
    IIRC it had a 2x7 scope on it.
    It was light, didn't recoil much and fun for her to shoot.
    Much more so than the 30-30 M94 Win I started teaching her with.
     
  16. Quackerbacker

    Quackerbacker Springfield, OR Active Member

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    That would be the perfect rifle if it had irons on it. A lot of the single shots are 10+ lbs, that never has made sense to me.