5.45x39

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by stoppingpower, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. stoppingpower

    stoppingpower New Member

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    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.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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.
     

  3. stoppingpower

    stoppingpower New Member

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    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
     
  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
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  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    "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.
     
  6. stoppingpower

    stoppingpower New Member

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

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ruger American $310, Savage Axis $300.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  9. cjn79

    cjn79 New Member

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

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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

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