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I just bought a YUGO M76 from J & G Guns.

was looking for some good cheap ammo to shoot with it and have found some cheap Romainian surplus 8mm at AIM's but it is 150 grain and I have heard the Yugos typically use 196 grain.......anyone with expirence know if this will be a problem????? cycling and such?

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/copy_of_Romanian_8mm_Mauser_FMJ.html
 

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This is not a flame but a question I will ask.

If you were to buy a race car would you run watered down gasoline in it and expect it to perform like it was meant to?

The only ammo you should shoot through her is Yugo M75 sniper grade ammo if you want to see what kind of accuracy you can achieve with the rifle.

If you want to shoot it soon then AIM might not be your immediate choice as the high volume of orders placed prior and after the elections has placed them in a delay in shipping orders. There is a disclaimer on their site stating so.

J&G had the cheaper Yugo 8mm listed on their site last week but all the sniper grade M75 has been sold out.

Congrats on your new rifle.
 

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I have already ordered some 1980's M75 produced 8mm - it is almost twice as much as the Romainian stuff. Just thinking about stocking up on some cheap plinking ammo as well.
 

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I got some M75 8mm from Sportsman's Guide. I think they still have it...
 

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You'll be happier using the M75 ammo in your M76 at almost the same price.

Here's my 2 cents worth:

I recently picked up one of the Century Arms M76 builds from SOG Int'l for $1695 (yes they still have them). Is it worth the price? To me, it's a nostalgia thing. I purchased an original M76 from Mitchell Arms back in 1988 for $1995 but sold it (considering 20 yrs of inflation alone, that would probably be $4k today). By that reasoning, you might consider it a bargain. Granted it's not a collectible original, but I want something to shoot.
Is it reliable ? First, I was suprised that this receiver does not say Ohio Rapidfire anywhere on it. Maybe it's a new improved version ? *** the akforum informed me that Wise Lite Arms also supplies a M76 receiver to CAI***. It is stamped CAI M76 Sporter on the bottom of the receiver in front of the mag. I took it out to the range after laser bore sighting it at home and was on paper first shot at 25 yds. I re-adjusted the elevation and windage and the 2nd shot was within a few inches of the bullseye at 100 yds. (No I'm not super human, I just happen to do this type of sighting in a lot). So I got serious about holding tight and steady and produced the following 3 shot groups:
0.875 inch
1.375
1.500
1.125
for a straight average of 1.22 inch or about 1.2 MOA. Being I'm an average shot with aging eyes and considering the 4-power scope, I'm sure many of you could have done better. There were no malfunctions of any kind and the rifle spit the empties at 5 o'clock to my right and behind me (8 ft) into a neat pile. The rifle's gas setting was at the "2" position and I saw no need to change it.
Is it accurate ? For a used, older generation semi-auto rifle firing a full battle sized 8x57 round with a typical creepy AK trigger pull, I'd say YES ! It's as accurate as the original M76 I owned years ago. It's as accurate as any SVD or PSL I have ever owned. And my NorinCo M14s (Fulton Arms upgraded & accurized) does about the same.
But this accuracy comes at a price. Don't expect these results with run of the mill surplus ammo. All the examples I gave above used match grade ammo and the M76 is no different. The Yugo M75 "sniper" ammo on sale for the past year costs more but in a rifle like the M76 it does make a difference. Plus this ammo was tailored for use in a rifle like the M76. It uses a heavy bullet (196-198grains) and has a muzzle velocity around 2350-2400 ft/sec. This is milder than some 8mm military loads. In fact, given this milder velocity, the weight of the M76, the rubber recoil pad and longer dwell time of the semi-automatic action, the rifle is a pleasure to shoot. Nothing like a bolt action Mauser. Recoil is so tame, I almost thought I was shooting an AR15 carbine. Well..., almost.
I decided to check the repeat-ability of the scope settings. With the rifle hitting dead-on at 100yds and the elevation drum set at 100, I then clicked the drum to 200 and the resulting group was about 3 inches high (@ 100yds). I then clicked the drum to 200 and the group was about 6 inches high (again @ 100yds). Using a ballistics calculator (available at most online reloading sites) I entered the bullet weight and muzzle velocity and let it calculate the 100 yd impact point for various sighted in ranges (100, 200, 300 yds). The results were very much in agreement with my target results (within .5 inch). I hoped for such agreement since the ON-M76B scope is supposed to be calibrated with the 8x57's ballistics, in this case the M75 variety.
So, maybe I just got lucky. Perhaps your results will vary. As for long term reliability, I plan on buying more M75 ammo while it's still available at .35 cents per round (cheaper than high quality 5.56) and shooting it till it breaks. May that be many 900 rd cases from now.
 
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