The AK is sightly
heavy in recoil when compared to other modern Military rifles, such as the AR-15, but very
mild in comparison to other rifles in which many of some of the sub $100 scopes (Burris and Bushnell come to mind) are intended for.
If folks are gonna sell a scope that can't stand up to a 30-06, they'll hear about it really
quickly. Your talking closer to double the recoil, depending on the gun. Go to optics planet or my favorite Quality optics and accessories from Leupold, Bushnell, Burris, Nikon and more!
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I've had the most scope success with fixed power
on AKs. Stopping to adjust your magnification doesn't make much sense with the intended use of the AK-47. Now in an RPK-74 set up that may not be true, but in most cases. . .