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7point62 12-16-2010 04:55 PM

AK74 in .220 5.45x39
Recently had the opportunity to spend a few days firing this weapon.

I did not compile technical range data as we were firing at steel plate at 150 to 200 m. The cartridge is Russian 53gr (52.9) FMJ (2,900fps) hardened steel core with a hollow cavity in the projectile's nose containing a lead inlay that is propelled thru the hollow space on impact, like a free piston.

Without exaggeration, this is one of the best unmodified rifles I've fired in a long time. Nothing high-tech, easy recoil, comfortable, extremely accurate based on hits at moderate long range, offhand, keeping in mind we did not bench it.

kenhesr 12-16-2010 06:09 PM

Looks like a fun time! Thats my new favorite plink'in round.

I wish someone would bring out a quality bolt rifle for it. Really like it in my AKs & ARs.

The accuracy impressed me too! :)

7point62 12-16-2010 08:12 PM

Plinking or killing. It's a nasty little round and I would not want to be on the receiving end. With the interior hollow cavity I think the Russkies were trying to get around the Hague Convention ban on HPs (dum-dums etc).

kenhesr 12-16-2010 08:46 PM

I agree, but what they gained on flesh with the hollow air cavity in the nose, they lost on penetration with hard targets. Kinda wish they didn't have it for my style of plink'in. Accurate little round though!

Sure glad WE wised up on that Article 23e thing. Good Read --

The Gun Zone -- Hague Convention

7point62 12-17-2010 08:52 PM

Thanks for the link

diggsbakes 12-18-2010 05:50 PM


Originally Posted by kenhesr (Post 404161)
Looks like a fun time! Thats my new favorite plink'in round.

I wish someone would bring out a quality bolt rifle for it. Really like it in my AKs & ARs.

The accuracy impressed me too! :)

Damn fine round. The only (and mean only) downside to this round is that there are so few domestic manufactures. If there were a larger domestic supply I would buy a few '74s in a heartbeat.

Of course we didn't think that was when '47s were gaining popularity around the ban era and cases of 7.62 were $100. :confused:

kenhesr 12-18-2010 07:02 PM

I got ahead of the curve on this one. A few years back Century arms had the Bulgy surplus under 10 cents per rd delivered to your door on a $500.00 min order. It just happened I had a "large" assignment bonus at the same time!

Bought a small pallet and have never regretted it. Great rd, out of my ARs it shoots just like 5.56 except for the penetration on steel. It makes for a flat shoot'in AK too.

Out of 10k fired of the Bulgarian, we've had two bad primers, outstanding stuff. Its still pretty cheap, RGuns is selling the russian ammo for $.12 per rd + shipping. Take the plunge diggs, the waters fine! :D

Gotta put in a few gratuitous Pics! :rolleyes: Ken

jpattersonnh 12-18-2010 07:22 PM

I agree Diggs, it is a great round and there is plenty of I have 1 rifle, my Wasr2 in 5.45, but it is accurate and 100% reliable. 30 round Mags are cheap also.
As far as the Russians finding a way around the Hague convention, the Russians and Brits both had cartridges that did that w/ 7.62x54r lightball and .303 MKVII. Hollow cavity or aluminum tip.

diggsbakes 12-18-2010 08:12 PM

Well, between the two of you ya'll twisted my arm enough that my next AK purchase will be in 5.45, unless something comes up of course. . .

I think I'll buy a case or two to get going before I even choose a rifle. :)

The reason I've been turned on to the 5.56 is because in a "no import" situation scrounging wouldn't even be an issue. But I also know that there are massive quantities of 7.62x39mm here in CO, even outside my immediate friends and family.

Now if I can just get a couple folks to climb aboard with me . . . .:confused:

jpattersonnh 12-18-2010 08:31 PM

Smart move!! Ammo a few years ago was $200.00 per case or $108.00 per can.

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