7.62 x 39mm

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Lateral view of a steel-cased 7.62×39mm FMJ cartridge.

The 7.62 x 39mm, pronounced "seven-six-two by thirty-nine", is an intermediate cartridge used for Russian guns.

It was based on the 7.62 x 54mmR cartridge. The bullet size is the same, but the case is much smaller so that soldiers could carry more bullets. It was made because the Soviet Union learned that full-sized bullets were not needed in most firefights. Most firefights happened in less than 300 meters, or medium- and short-range. At this range, it is more important to have many smaller bullets than a few large bullets.

The bullets are used for guns like the SKS, the AK-47, and the RPK.

Similar to many hunting bullets, it is powerful enough to kill a deer at 100 yards.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Johnson, Richard (2017-03-06). "Hunting with the 7.62x39". The Mag Life. Retrieved 2019-08-04.