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This is a discussion on 7.62x39 API within the Rifles, SKS, AR, AK, Long Guns forums, part of the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR category; What are API rounds actually capable of? Can they take out car engines? I'm really new to this round and guns in general and I ...

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    7.62x39 API

    What are API rounds actually capable of? Can they take out car engines? I'm really new to this round and guns in general and I couldn't find too much info about these.

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    I have shot a bunch of junk cars in my life goofing around and looking at 5 he damage. Any rifle will break a motor block on a car. Obviously the bigger the rifle the more effective. No doubt a 7.62 x 39 will damage the block on the average car. It may take more than one to stop it and it will take time for the water and oil to leek out. Same situation with a bmg 50 just less shots and less time.

    A 12 gauge slug will definitely do it. So will a 270.
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    So API 7.62 would definitely do the trick.

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    I have some but never shot any. I'm saving it for 'That day".
    Take some video for us when you shoot some!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterX View Post
    So API 7.62 would definitely do the trick.
    Not really with 7.62X38 (AK47 and SKS), Now a The 308 AKA 7.62X 51 (NATO) in an AP round different story .
    The 7.62 X 39 losses it's energy quickly
    I am not posting that test on line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterX View Post
    What are API rounds actually capable of? Can they take out car engines? I'm really new to this round and guns in general and I couldn't find too much info about these.
    AP and API are not the same. AP=Armor Piercing, API=Armor Piercing Incendiary.
    If you really have API, let us know where you got them, I'd love to have some.
    As far as AP and engine blocks, I once took a head on, through the grille opening, (no radiator) shot at an old wrecked Plymouth to see what M2 AP (30-06) would do to the block. Distance was maybe 40 yards. I was in the kneeling position for a fairly steady aim. Projectile hit the V-8 block right where the cylinder head bolted on, ricocheted back, struck me in the knee (another inch and it would have got my intestines). The copper jacket separated at some point after impact with the engine and struck the person standing next to me in the face.
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    Just take out the radiator, the cloud of steam will prevent the driver from seeing and it will overheat fairly rapidly. Don't know how long to seize up the engine, though.
    I really want one of these!Hidden Content

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    Would it not be better to just take out the driver and eliminate the whole threat?
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    Yugo API (Black and Red tip) I procured a box from a friend, but haven't had any luck getting my hands on any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    AP and API are not the same. AP=Armor Piercing, API=Armor Piercing Incendiary.
    If you really have API, let us know where you got them, I'd love to have some.
    As far as AP and engine blocks, I once took a head on, through the grille opening, (no radiator) shot at an old wrecked Plymouth to see what M2 AP (30-06) would do to the block. Distance was maybe 40 yards. I was in the kneeling position for a fairly steady aim. Projectile hit the V-8 block right where the cylinder head bolted on, ricocheted back, struck me in the knee (another inch and it would have got my intestines). The copper jacket separated at some point after impact with the engine and struck the person standing next to me in the face.
    Holy smokes!
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