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|Manufacturer||Sellier & Bellot|
|Bullet Weight||123 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Soft-Point (SP)|
|Use Type||Self Defense|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||2437|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||1622|
|Cost Per Round||58.3¢ per round|
Sellier & Bellot is a Czech company that has been making ammo for a really long time - almost two hundred years. They know what they're doing, and since they were recently bought by CBC, which also owns Magtech, they have a lot of resources at their disposal. I've used their ammo for a long time, and I like it more and more each time I pick up S&B in a new caliber.
One of the best things about S&B is that they make brass cased ammo, with non-corrosive primers and high quality bullets, in cartridges that you normally only see with steel cases. So if you have a foreign surplus rifle or handgun, but don't want to shoot old corrosive ammo through it, or you need something that's legal for hunting or more accurate than surplus ammo, S&B probably has something for you. And a great example of this is their 7.62x39 ammo with a 123 grain soft point bullet.
It's excellent for hunting, because the lead core is exposed at the tip. This bullet is designed to expand at 7.62x39 velocities, and it's not just a bullet that was repurposed from a larger cartridge. But one of the concerns people have about soft point bullets is that they might not cycle in semi-auto rifles. It's a valid concern, but I didn't have any problems in either the AK platform rifles or the SKS. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get my hands on any bolt action rifles chambered for this cartridge in time for this test.
I used the Chinese SKS for accuracy testing at 50 yards. The 10 shot group was decently accurate. The ammo would definitely stay inside the vital zone of a game animal out to several hundred yards, as long as you do your part.
I also measured velocity with a chronograph. This was also from the SKS, which has a barrel that's just over 20 inches long. If you're shooting this ammo from an AK with a shorter barrel, you should expect lower velocities. However, the velocity I saw was pretty close to the velocity S&B specifies for this ammo from a 20 inch barrel, which is pretty cool. You don't always see that in factory ammunition.
Overall, I was pleased with the results. This is a good example of how well designed and manufactured S&B ammo is, and it would be my first choice for hunting with a rifle in 7.62x39.
S&B 123 gr SP / CZ 527
Review by Steve. (Posted on 1/28/14)
I've tried this ammo in my bolt action CZ 527 Carbine in 7.62x39mm and found it to be an excellent fit. Using a 2-7x33 Leupold scope, front rest and rear bag I am able to average less than 1" 3-shot groups with many groups measuring around 3/4". With x39 reloading brass commanding such a premium, when you can find it, the excellent quality of the S&B brass adds enormous value to an already quality product.
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