The Relevant 7.62X39...For Hunting!
Wyoming is rough, open country. Hunters reach out long distances for antelope, mulies and elk. I’m out here enjoying a DIY antelope hunt for GunVenture, and yes, I am using the Ruger American Ranch rifle chambered in 7.62X39. Why, you ask?
While not as sexy as the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 7.62X39 performs well in those up close and personal hunting situations. Not only am I out here competing against fast goats, I’m also going up against blaze-orange clad hunters. It would be easy to put a stalk on an antelope to get a shot off at 300 plus yards, but I demand a closer encounter than some folks.
For me, the decision to use a 7.62X39, especially the Ruger American Ranch, is the compactness. DIY hunts in Wyoming include driving around, hiking and making long stalks. When you’re jumping in and out of the truck for eight straight hours a light gun is perfect.
For this reason alone the Ruger American is ideal. It only weighs 5.9 pounds, and is short enough that it isn’t burdensome. Most anybody can go out and bang away at long distances, but take initiative and get tight. Get close on big game and give another look at an older cartridge. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.