thats the problem its only almost as good as a 30-30 . Its actulay a much inferior round in the 30-30 IMO . A 30-30 with a 150 grain bullet m that is made to deform at 2300 fps is much better than a 125 grain bullet that may or may not deform at the same speeds.I guess I don't see much difference between the guys who like the 30-30, and the soft point round of the 7.62x39. But to each his own.
I have no problem using a x39 on deer but as some one who has shot a bunch of them wiht one please be sure you use good ammo ( not wolf ) an the correct bullet an keep the range under 175 yards an only take good shoots. I have pulled to many almost complety perfect bullets out of deer to reliaze that the reound is marginal over 175 yards or so an that bullet performance better be good . I have gotten luck a few times .
Im not slaming the gun or a 30-30 a yea I know there have been likely ore deer killed with it than any other round BLa bla there also have been more wounded with a 30-03 than any other round also . I have had to track to many my self .
I dont know what you paid for your gun an Im sure its a great gun . IMO however If I was going to go out an buy a new gun for deer hunting It would not be a 7.62x39 or a 30-30 an I have both . for the same money you can get a 308 , 30-06 , 7mm 08 , 270 etc that will all do a much better job for the same or likely less money .
its funny to most guys a 30-30 is a marginal gun on deer best used at short range but to AR guys the 30-30 is a super deer gun so the 300 BO an the 7.62x39 an simular are almost as good so know they think they have a great deer rifle . LOL
If I was hunting from a stand or in cover were my shots were a 100 yards or so Id say great a 30-30 or 7.62x39 it fine an I do still hint wiht a x39 but I have much better guns in much better caliburs that work good at close range an at long range .
BTW that bolt action can likley be loaded up a lot hotter than any factroy ammo will be. The action will likley handel 65,000 PSI . an the 7.62x39 can be greatly imporved on if hand loaded in a bolt action . you can get it close to a 300 savage. If I hunted with a bilt action x39 Id relaod for it . an load it to pressures the gun can handel . Bullet expansion is critical on tis round an its so close to not expanding that a 150 fps can really make a differance in this case .
I have shot deer with 150 grain x39 at 200 yards an had OK expansion but he deer took off running . on the smae deer i managed to get a second identical round into it at close to 300 yards the bullet had zero expansion so the extra 100 yards aproximenty an the loss of speed made theat bullet almostr worth less . I lietaly could have reloaded the bullet back in a case an reused it . I dont know if you reload or not but If not Id gewt some one to load specificaly for that rifle if your going to hunt with it .
There is a reason I use a 300 savage ak pistol now instead of the x39 .