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stoppingpower 09-27-2012 12:52 PM

5.45x39
 
Do any of you guys have first hand experience with this round? What are the pros and cons?
Im asking because im looking into getting a saiga and keeping it in the car possibly AK it out.

JonM 09-27-2012 01:08 PM

Used to be tons of surplus stuff for this all over. Now... nothing. Unless you just cant live without an ak pattern gun i would skip it for something chambered in 223/556 or 7.62x39.

There is no ready source of reloadable brass that i know of and that kinda kills loading for it. Same issue with the 7.62x39 and x54r rounds too.

I do load for the 7.62x54r but i only have about 100 cases for it and finding good bullets is a pain. I cant imagine that would be different for the x39.

stoppingpower 09-27-2012 03:14 PM

Name a cheap rifle that will take down a coyote.. like real cheap. I have a pos work car so Im not looking at anything expensive

locutus 09-27-2012 03:40 PM

I have a SAR2, (AK-74 ) in 5.45. I bought two cases (4 cans,2016 rounds) of surplus 7N6 military penetrator ammo from AIM surplus. I also have a Russian "Kobra" red dot sight on it.


It's totally reliable, like any other AK, amazingly accurate for an AK, (2 MOA) and almost zero recoil, and a blast to shoot.
Jon is right about reloadfing components, but since this caliber is "standard issue" for the Russians, you'll always be able to find ammo somewhere.

robocop10mm 09-27-2012 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by locutus (Post 956427)
I have a SAR2, (AK-74 ) in 5.45. I bought two cases (4 cans,2016 rounds) of surplus 7N6 military penetrator ammo from AIM surplus. I also have a Russian "Kobra" red dot sight on it.


It's totally reliable, like any other AK, amazingly accurate for an AK, (2 MOA) and almost zero recoil, and a blast to shoot.
Jon is right about reloadfing components, but since this caliber is "standard issue" for the Russians, you'll always be able to find ammo somewhere.

"Standard issue" for the Russians but almost no one else. All it takes is an executive order to ban the importation of "cop killer" Russian ammo. It happened with the Chinese ammo, remember? W/o a Russian supply line the cheap ammo will dissapear. Some US manufacturers MAY fill in the gap, but will undoubtedly be much more expensive.

I thought long and hard about this very issue some years ago and decided to opt out. In the absense of a "Red Dawn" scenario, ammo will be an issue.

stoppingpower 09-27-2012 09:53 PM

Im really torn right now since that saiga is on 380 bucks and s 1000 rounds is what around 150ish?

JTJ 09-27-2012 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stoppingpower (Post 956392)
Name a cheap rifle that will take down a coyote.. like real cheap. I have a pos work car so Im not looking at anything expensive

Ruger American $310, Savage Axis $300.

locutus 09-28-2012 09:05 PM

I would say if you want the 5.45 buy it. If surplus ammo dries up, there will always be someone who will offer reloading components.

And stock up on that cheap surplus ammo. I did.

cjn79 09-28-2012 09:38 PM

If you are worried about the ammo you can get the Saiga in 5.56/223.

locutus 09-29-2012 03:51 PM

www.aimsurplus.com has 1080 round cases for ~$160.

Buy two cases and you're set for a good while.


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