The 7.62x39mm Cartridge

Wikipedia article: 7.62x39mm

The 7.62×39mm (aka 7.62 Soviet or formerly .30 Russian Short) round is a rimless bottlenecked intermediate cartridge of Soviet origin that was designed during World War II. Due to the worldwide proliferation of RPD and RPK light machine guns and SKS and AK-47 pattern rifles, the cartridge is used by both militaries and civilians alike. 7.62×39mm ammunition is purportedly tested to function well in temperatures ranging from −50 to 50 °C (−58 to 122 °F) cementing its usefulness in cold polar or hot desert conditions.

It is commonly believed that the 7.62×39mm cartridge was influenced by a variety of foreign developments, including the German STG-44, though this has been debated.

Shortly after World War II, the world’s most widespread military-pattern rifle was designed for this cartridge: the AK-47. The cartridge remained the Soviet standard until the 1970s. It was largely replaced in Russian service by the 5.45×39mm cartridge, which is used by the current-issue AK-74M service rifle and its variants. In the 21st century the 7.62×39mm remains a common service rifle chambering, including for newly developed rifles.

Mark’s Loading Data

Disclaimer: cross reference with other sources before using

Brass: Lapua 7.62x39mm
Primer: Federal GM210M Large Rifle Match
Projectile: Hornady 123gr FMJ (.310)
Powder: 25.5gr ADI AR2207 (24.5gr min, 26.5gr max)
Loaded OAL: 55.47mm 2.184″
Cost Loaded: $0.79 (excluding brass)

Belmont Black 9mm and .223REM ammo

We’ve ordered an ammo can of Belmont Black .223 55GR FMJ and 9mm 124GR FMJ.

The can contains 500 rounds of .223REM and 500 rounds of 9mm for $445 shipped.

This ammo has been reloaded using once fired brass, hence the designation OFC in the Description on the product page on their website.

This will be available for members to purchase to try out, and if it causes no issues Belmont will be our preferred source for 9mm and .223REM ammo.

Rusa projectiles for your pistol and .223

Bill Wright at Rusa Reloading Components stocks a good range of CMJ Frontier projectiles for your pistol and .223

Bill is very quick at turning around orders for projectiles, and delivery is free for projectiles to non-rural addresses.

Bill also has Winchester primers, and can source all brands of powder including Winchester, VihtaVuori, Alliant, IMR, Hodgdon and ADI.  Powder transport these days is hard work but Bill will do his best to get powder to you.

If you would like to contact Bill you can either email him at or visit Bill’s website at

Alternatively you can fill out the following form and click SUBMIT and he will be emailed your enquiry.

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Squib Loads

Home Reloads

A lot of us reload our own rounds. Following a set of rules and procedures is a must for safe accident free shooting. If you haven’t got a routine that you religiously follow each time you reload, then now’s a good time to get one into place.

Here is a link that demonstrates a squib load due to insufficient powder in the case:

Ammo Direct July 2017 Catalog

Ammo Direct have released their July 2017 catalog.

Do your research! Their pricing for Freedom Munitions is similar to Aoraki Ammunition’s Geco, so you want to make sure you are comparing apples with apples, a lot of Freedom Munitions is Reman (remanufactured from once fired brass) as opposed to New so satisfy yourself you know what you’re getting before ordering.

If you have shot a lot of Freedom Munitions please share your experience in the comments.

To order call them on 027 305 5396 or email

Their website is

Ammo Direct Catalogue July 2017