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Old 05-22-2011, 09:52 PM   #11
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your looking at 4000~ rounds before you recoup the cost of a 7.62x39 upper given the .15$ difference in steel vs brass. your limiting yourself to about 200yds max with the x39 cartridge. there are better rounds than the x39 if your intention is something more than plinking. cheaper to just get a sks/ak if you realllly wanna shoot that round.

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the 7.62x39 is a pointless bullet there are much better rounds in it's power range. the soviets designed it to be compatable with the same powders and bullets as the 7.62x54r as it is merely a neutered version. its inherent flaws is why i think they have been switching over to a round very similar to the 5.56.

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Old 05-23-2011, 12:28 AM   #12
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If you really want to have a combloc 7.62x39 rifle then consider an AK or SKS, they sure are a lot of fun. Suppose you could try a Ruger Mini-30 too. I have the el cheapo WASR-10/63 and it's served me well for over 4 years even though the cost at the time was about $325. It's in no way an AR but still is a good rifle to have in your collection. Bought an SKS even before that because it was just over $100 and an M44 for about $79. Prices today are higher of course.

We haven't covered the 5.45x39 either!

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Ive had 3 AK style rifles and sold them all. Two Saigas and one Romanian. They were fun to plink w/. Eventually Ill purchase another, probably an Arsenal modded Saiga. Saigas are great rifles. I will say the Romanian was cool to have around.

The Romanians all went up in price recently which sucks. It makes the Saigas even more attractive though.

For me the verdict is still out on the 5.45x39. However, it sure looks good for the pocket book.

The thing is if you're wanting an AR don't let the price of ammo stop you. You can get .223 for around the same price. If you want to send 7.62x39 down range get an AK variant.

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