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  1. General Chit Chat
    Click here to listen to the podcast! When it comes to the scholarly debate about the iconic rifle cartridges of the Cold War, the 7.62x51mm NATO (308 Winchester) and the 7.62x39 Soviet are always omnipresent in the discussion. One became a staple NATO round and the most prevalent big game...
  2. Rifles Misc
    The 300 AAC Blackout and 7.62x39mm Soviet are two centerfire rifle cartridges that are extremely similar in terms of external ballistics and terminal performance. The 7.62x39 has been a mainstay for former Communist Bloc countries for decades and has proven its combat effectiveness on the...
  3. General Chit Chat
    The 7.62x39 Russian and the 30-30 Winchester are two centerfire 30-caliber rifle cartridges that are extremely similar in terms of their external and terminal ballistics. Despite their similarities, these two rifle cartridges were designed for completely different purposes and rifles. The 30-30...
  4. General Chit Chat
    When it comes to selecting a semi-automatic rifle cartridge, the 5.56x45mm NATO and the 7.62x39mm are always front and center in the conversation. Both rifle rounds have been forged in the fires of battle from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan as well as a host of other conflicts across the globe...
  5. General Chit Chat
    When it comes to the scholarly debate about the iconic rifle cartridges of the Cold War, the 7.62x51mm NATO (308 Winchester) and the 7.62x39 Soviet are always omnipresent in the discussion. One became a staple NATO round and the most prevalent big game hunting cartridge in North America, while...
  6. General Chit Chat
    Introduced in 1943, the 7.62x39mm cartridge was originally chambered in the RPD Light Machine Gun as well as the SKS Rifle. Soon after its development, the entry of the iconic AK-47 into the Soviet military ensured the 7.62x39 would have a place for many years to come. The cartridge has been...
  7. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I'm shopping for reloading components, never hand loaded before, and I need a little advice. I'll be shooting out of a 16.5" barrel, 582+ series Mini 30, and I want the best possible groups, but I'm on a budget. Bullets, lead-free: I'm looking at the TSX. I don't see any other options as far...
  8. Rifles Misc
    I subscribe to the the classicfirearms.com mailing list. February 8, 2017 I got an email from them. Inside the email there was a Kel-Tec rifle listed for $1,599.99. Surely this was a misprint? I clicked the link and sure enough, the Kel-Tec Rifle Forward Ejecting Bullpup, or RFB 7.62 NATO...
  9. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hello, long story short i won a ruger mini 30 ranch rifle, i have never shot/held one, so my question is can i shoot a 30 Carbine round out of it? or only 7.62x39? Pretty rookie question i know but just trying to figure it out before i got out shooting. thanks!
  10. AK Talk
    Palmetto State Armory announced an AK-47 on their facebook page. PSAK-47 MOE Edition Magpul furniture is ugly on an AK-47. Why change perfection? The AK is fine like it is, why put all the fancy stuff on it? That is like putting modern stuff on a classic car. The PSA facebook page says...
  11. Reloading
    I am trying to find appropriate powder/load data that will be sufficient to load for a mini thirty. I have the new tactical 582 series with a .311 bore and am casting .311 160 grain lead boolits with a gas check. Anyone have recommended powders and/or load data that will cycle the action of the...
  12. AK Talk
    At a local shooting range a guy who had a decked out 20lb AR proceded to tell me how inadequite my AK was to his anchor of a gun. He told me I couldnt hit the broad side of a barn and that it was gonna jam every shot. He told me his dad had one and it was the worst gun he ever owned. I didnt pay...
  13. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    i looked around before i bought it, read in this forum and others , alot of wrong info out there. first off im from a long line of deer hunters here in maine i have 30 30s 3006s and others. this mini 30 fills a hole in my line up of rifle choices very well. first use good ammo, brass cased...
  14. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Obviously there are things you can do to improve a Mini's accuracy, like adding a strut, adding a stiffer top barrel brace/cover, new barrel, bedding, etc. 1. But can the AK 47/74 be made more accurate through these or other methods? 2. Is the standard Mini/Ranch as or more accurate than a...
  15. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Is this normal??:unsure: My new M30 Tactical fails to extract almost EVERY round if I am using steel case ammo . . in this case China Sports, have not tried other steel case schtuff. Fails to extract and drives the next round into the casing still in the chamber . . The spent case is NOT stuck...
  16. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    How do you like your stainless Mini 30? I am particularly interested in hearing about the 581-xxxx series. How is the accuracy and reliability? Do they function with the Brown, Silver, Golden Bear ammo? Thanks.
  17. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Please compare and contrast the Golden Bear and Silver Bear 7.62x39 ammo. Would like to hear about reliability and accuracy. Is one preferable over the other in a Mini? For a frame of reference I hope to be shooting them in a Mini 30 Tactical. Thanks.
  18. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Newbie to mini land, just inherited a 184 series mini 14, but have no use for the caliber. I'm already into 7.62 x 39 from sks and ak. Sure there are posts about converting 14 to 30, but have not found. Question is am i better off to have caliber conversion done or just sell the 14 and get a 30...
  19. AK Talk
    Man you AK guys are going to love this.
  20. AK Talk
    $412 OTD. Still deciding on what to do with this. Jim
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