AK47 vs. Galil ACE vs. Mini-30: Accuracy and Comparison of Three 7.62×39 Combat-Ready Rifles

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James gives you a quick rundown and comparison of three popular 7.62×39 piston operated rifles: The Zastava “Yugo” M70 (i.e. the “AK-47”), the IWI Galil ACE, and the Ruger Mini-30.

After a brief overview of these guns, James puts these rifles in a Caldwell Lead Sled to see what kind of accuracy he can wring out of them with Fiocchi 123gr 7.62×39 from Ventura Munitions at 100 yards with a Bushnell Engage 3-12x optic.

Who comes out on top?


– IMI Galil
– IWI Galil ACE
– AK-47 (Zastava “Yugo” M70)
– Ruger Mini-14
– Ruger Mini-30

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Atfsux Atfsux on Jun 02, 2018

    Everyone confuses the early gen Mini30's with bad accuracy because they were initially .308 bore, not .311,...on purpose. Back when Chinese surplus ammo reigned, nobody got anything under 5 moa ever. The new (to America) 7.62x39 seemed a perfect deer round ballistically, but no one dared relying on ammo and guns that produced accuracy that American sportsman magazine writers considered sub-par.

    Old man Bill Ruger, however, was willing to bet that when ammo made to American quality control standards was used in a gun made by other than stampings, it could be rather nifty. He was also aware that reloaders would be able to create even better results, so he wanted to cater to them as well. Now while TODAY there are plenty of appropriate diameter .311 lightweight 125grn. projectiles for reloaders, back in 1987 there was only 150grn. and heavier ones for use in .303British, 7.7Jap and 7.65Argentine. The only .30 cal. lightweights available then were all .308 diameter. So that was the bore diameter Ruger chose in those early years. As long as you feed them ONLY .308 diameter ammo,...the early Mini30s were spectacularly accurate compared to anything else in the same caliber. I had one,...and it shot circles around every $69 SKS I ever bought from J&G Sales in Prescott (which was over a dozen).
    None of this excuses Ruger's performance in their current production model. But don't bad-mouth the originals unless you know how and why they were different.

  • Zebra Dun Zebra Dun on Jun 05, 2018

    The problem with the Israeli FAL was a bang, bang, jam event, all of them did that unknown why.
    The 7.62x39 mm is an accurate round in the right rifle, the AK accurate enough in most cases is not a tack driver. The Finish Valmets are the best AK.