If you had to pick between the 7.62×39 and 300 Blackout for hunting – which would you pick? In my opinion, there is a pretty clear answer. In this short blog post, I will explain the reasons why I believe the 7.62×39 is superior for hunting.
When considering a hunting cartridge there are a few main things to consider – bullet energy, bullet drop, accuracy, and ammo availability. I will keep the text here short but will include data charts on factory loadings below that support my statements in detail.
ENERGY – 7.62×39 has more energy across the board no matter how you slice it
BULLET DROP – 7.62×39 has less bullet drop. Only exception here is with 110 grain 300 Blackout loadings. The 110 grain 300 Blackout bullet drop is very similar to 7.62×39 bullet drop at hunting distances
ACCURACY – I call a draw here. I have loadings of both that I can just about put in the same hole every time at 100 yards
AMMO AVAILABILITY – I have to give this one to 300 Blackout. It is usually easier to find 300 Blackout hunting ammo in a physical store. However, there is no issue finding hunting ammo for either if you are shopping online.
In conclusion, based on the bullet energy and bullet drop between the two – I have to say that the 7.62×39 is superior to the 300 Blackout when it comes to hunting. Both cartridges I would call “200 yards and in rounds” when it comes to hunting deer. I would not recommend these for hunting any further than 200 yards. Also, If you are hunting with 300 Blackout I recommend taking a 110 grain or 150 grain loaded round. The heavier 300 Blackout rounds just do not have the energy that is best for hunting. I could ramble on about this subject forever – but I will keep it short and direct you to review the charts I have included in this post. Be sure to check out the charts for detailed information.
|Mz Vel||BC||Drop in inches||100||200||300||400||500||600||700||800||900||1000|
|2365||0.267||7.62×39 Rem Core-Lokt 125gr||0||-6.7||-24.5||-57.2||-110||-188.9||-299.9||-448.6||-640||-879.1|
|2350||0.295||7.62×39 Hornady Blk 123gr||0||-6.5||-23.5||-54.1||-102.6||-174.4||-274.8||-410||-583.1||-800|
|2350||0.297||7.62×39 Fed Fusion 123gr||0||-6.6||-23.7||-54.7||-103.6||-175.92||-277||-412.4||-586.5||-804|
|2380||0.304||7.62×39 Win SuperX 123gr||0||-6.3||-22.8||-52.4||-99.1||-167.9||-264.2||-393.4||-559.7||-768.2|
|2375||0.29||300 blk Hornady Blk 110gr||0||-6.5||-23.4||-54||-102.7||-175||-276.3||-412.3||-587.54||-806.7|
|1900||0.33||300 blk Fed Fusion 150gr||0||-10.8||-37.4||-84||-155.5||-256.9||-393||-567.5||-785.5||-1050.1|
|1900||0.392||300 blk Win Deer Season XP 150gr||0||-10.3||-35.2||-78||-142.5||-233||-353.8||-508.4||-700.9||-934.4|
|1890||0.294||300 blk Win Power Point 150gr||0||-11.3||-39.6||-89.9||-167.8||-278.5||-427.4||-618.7||-857||-1147.5|
|1020||0.648||300 blk Hornady AMAX 208gr||0||-34.1||-106.11||-218||-372.1||-570||-814.7||-1107.7||-1451.5||-1847.6|
|1050||0.437||300blk Hornady Sub-X 190gr||0||-33.4||-105||-217.8||-375.2||-580.1||-835.5||-1145.2||-1513.1||-1941.4|
|Mz Vel||BC||Energy @ yardage (ft.lbf)||0||100||200||300||400||500||600||700||800||900||1000|
|2365||0.267||7.62×39 Rem Core-Lokt 125gr||1553||1180||882||652||483||369||300||257||226||202||182|
|2350||0.295||7.62×39 Hornady Blk 123gr||1528||1192||918||700||532||410||330||279||245||219||198|
|2350||0.297||7.62×39 Fed Fusion 123gr||1509||1178||909||694||528||408||329||279||245||219||198|
|2380||0.304||7.62×39 Win SuperX 123gr||1547||1217||946||728||557||431||345||290||254||227||205|
|2375||0.29||300 blk Hornady Blk 110gr||1378||1071||821||623||471||362||291||247||216||193||175|
|1900||0.33||300 blk Fed Fusion 150gr||1203||945||739||580||464||387||336||299||271||247||227|
|1900||0.392||300 blk Win Deer Season XP 150gr||1203||982||799||650||533||445||384||341||308||282||260|
|1890||0.294||300 blk Win Power Point 150gr||1190||907||689||527||419||351||306||273||246||224||205|
|1020||0.648||300 blk Hornady AMAX 208gr||481||450||425||402||382||364||348||333||320||307||295|
|1050||0.437||300blk Hornady Sub-X 190gr||465||420||385||355||331||309||290||273||257||243||230|