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GUNS Magazine January 2012 Digital Edition - Page 32
MARK HAMPTON PoWer uPGrAde Wilson Combat 7.62x40 t’s a funny thing about our thought process as we meander through the aging process. A few years ago, I was more than happy with one AR chambered in .223 Remington. At the time, I really thought that rifle would be the only one of its type securing residence in my gun safe. I used it for varmint hunting—coyotes mainly—but it even accounted for a few prairie dogs on occasion. The rifle could also be employed as home defense if the situation warranted. Now I could move on and acquire other firearms and enjoy shooting different systems. A pure lack of futurity on my part! Today, like many other shooters, I find myself wanting more variety in the AR platform and by golly we’ve got it. Just recently I had the pleasure of shooting Wilson Combat’s new 7.62x40 project. Not that I needed an excuse to get another AR but I found myself wanting a .30 with less recoil than a standard .308 Winchester. Not only did I get the opportunity to shoot this unique offering but I also had the pleasure of visiting with Bill Wilson, who I hadn’t seen in 30 years. As you know, Bill was a highly successful competitive shooter back in the 1970s. We both knew each other from our handgun hunting exploits and would exchange hunting stories from time to time. Wilson Combat started producing parts then went on to building custom firearms back in 1977. And the rest as they say is history. The company is well known for their high quality, custom 1911 firearms and accessories. Today Wilson Combat also provides the consumer with custom shotguns and rifles as well as top-shelf conceal and Wilson Combat modified Lancer L5 AWM 5.56 magazines (above) come in 20- or 30-round capacity. The Accurizer scope mount (below) is a quick-detachable system allowing you to remove the optics if necessary. The scope remains zeroed when it is remounted. I carry autos. Their new 7.62x40 WT is a prime example of the company’s innovation and premium quality production for demanding shooters. standard Components The 7.62x40 WT is the brainchild of Kurt Buchert, an employee with many years of service to the company. His goal was to develop a low recoiling, accurate, .30-caliber cartridge utilizing standard AR platform .223 components. The array of .30-caliber bullets is one aspect that makes this cartridge versatile for a variety of applications. The cartridge itself is based on the inexpensive 5.56x45 NATO round. The 5.56 case is shortened to 1.560", then in a single operation, resized in a standard 7.62x40 sizing die. This process leaves an overall case length of 1.565". The lighter .30-caliber bullets ranging from 110 to 150 grains loaded to supersonic velocities will obtain optimal performance for which the cartridge was designed. The barrel throat was engineered for an overall cartridge length of 2.250" with proper bullet seating. This fits perfectly and functions flawlessly in the new, slightly modified Lancer L5 AWM magazine. Magazines in 18/19 or 28/29 round capacity provide plenty of firepower when you encounter a field full of big, mean hogs. This cartridge has a place in both tactical/defense and hunting mediumsized game categories. I consider this a neat little round ideal for coyote In a relatively new venture, custom ammunition in a wide variety of calibers is now assembled at Wilson Combat including loaded 7.62x40 WT. 32 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2