|Manufacturer||Red Army Standard|
|Bullet Weight||122 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Cost Per Round||50.0¢ to 55.0¢ per round|
As it is manufactured by Tula in Russia, 7.62x39 round features a steel shell casing, an economical alternative to brass which is tethered to unpredictable copper prices. It may not seal the chamber as well as brass, and it may also be a poor choice for handloading, but steel’s accessible price tag totally makes those shortcomings worthwhile. This round’s casing is coated with corrosion resistant polymer which helps a semi-auto feed and extract efficiently.
This round’s 122 grain bullet weighs only one grain less than the original M43 bullet. You’ll notice little difference in its ballistic performance, and you’ll appreciate how its jacket is hard enough to promote optimal feeding yet soft enough to prevent lead fouling without damaging the bore’s riflings.