7.62 x 39 AR Upper receiver

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Cattledog, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Im sure there's a thread here...somewhere. I couldn't find any in the last year though. Has anyone had first hand experience? I have heard everything from light primer strikes to problems feeding but nothing recent. It looks like bushmaster is now selling a dedicated upper. I'm still thinking about it but I don't want to waste the money on a headache. Before anyone says "just get an ak" Ive priced it out and it looks like it could be a wash by the time I get an AK worth shooting. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I have thought about one for a while now, but folks keep talking me out of it.

    Armalite is making a 7.62x39 upper now. If I was serious about buying one, I would check out Armalite's.
     

  3. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Mmm... just checked the DPMS site for giggles and the say theyre re-designing their entire 7.62x39 product line. could be something there too. Thx for the Armalite heads up btw
     
  4. mjkeat

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    If you're concered about something that's "worth shooting" I'd stay away from Bushmaster and DPMS. A $400 AK would be a better bet than those two. I had a x39 AR that ran great but it was quite a bit more than an AK "worth shooting". A $700 Arsenal or a $499 converted Saiga would be cool. If you really want a x39 AR take a look at AR15Performance.com.

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  5. Cattledog

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    Nice gear. They are out of stock on everything atm. Im gonna have to question the $400.00 AK as a substitute though. All reliability of design aside, a cheap AK usually means a cheap barrel and a cheap barrel means the accuracy is crap. At that point its worthless if you cant hit anything.
     
  6. Chandler51

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    I think his point was that with the reliability issues some have voiced here as of late with the DPMS & Bushmasters, a $400 AK will at the very least function.

    Friend of mine has two of the WASR's...they are by no means tack drivers, but the accuracy is acceptable for many applications.

    JMHO, tho...
     
  7. mjkeat

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    What kind of accuracy are you looking for? It is more than accurate for its intended job. The round nor the weapon system was made for DMR duty.

    My old WASR is minute of man all day at any range you would ever want to engage a target at. Hell my Draco w/ side folder is GTG at 100 yards which is much further than most of us will ever engage a target.

    If you're wanting a bench rest gun you'd be better off w/ a bolt gun.
     
  8. 75370

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    I've been in a few gunfights where we were sprayed by your beloved AKs, it ended poorly FOR THE ENEMY by a well placed shot from one of our OVERLY ACCURATE RIFLES M-4/M16s.
     
  9. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    As cheap as a WASR or converted Saiga is, it makes sense to add one to your arsenal. No doubt 7.62x39 would be more accurate in an AR upper but I'll keep my five year old WASR and cheap reliable magazines along side my ARs instead. I have buddies who say "how can you own the rifle that was shooting at you 40 some years ago" but I don't see it as a problem, in fact why not become familiar with their operation.
     
  10. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    As Sec Rumsfeld said at the time...

    "the enemy is attacking our forces, and our forces are killing them..."

    Nice job, 75370...glad you're back safe.
     
  11. mjkeat

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    I wasn't going to acknowledge your post but what the hell.

    "Beloved AK", define that for me please. And while you're at it inform me as to how you came up w/ such an assumption.

    Your words, "sprayed" vs. "well placed shot". Do you see the difference? We were talking about the difference b/w the x39 through the AK and AR. Your word vomit is comparing apples to oranges from somewhere off in left field.
     
  12. Cattledog

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    Maybe I am asking too much of the round for the money I want to spend. I just like the idea of swapping out an upper, maybe the 7.62 isn't the best choice. Oh BTW, please don't turn this into the AR vs AK flame thread. Thx for the input so far.
     
  13. mjkeat

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    What kind of accuracy are you looking for and what are you going to use it for? Like Quentin said the x39 will be more accurate out of the AR platform.

    From my experience w/ the x39 AR is that for the price of an upper you can easily get a nice AK.

    I think most of us understand what you're wanting has nothing to do w/ AK vs. AR, most of us.
     
  14. Cattledog

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    Im looking for the best 7.62 upper receiver there is for the AR platform, an if i cant afford that... the second best. I know what the AK variants are and im shopping for those too. I need help finding a AR 7.62 receiver. Thats really what Im after. The the best bang for my buck, 7.62x39, on an AR lower.
     
  15. mjkeat

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    7.62x39 doesn't require a special receiver, just a special bolt, barrel, and magazines.

    Have you considered 300BLK? It exhibits the same characteristics as 7.62x39 but w/ greater ballistic potential. Ammo is $130 per 200 for the least expensive stuff but it's getting cheaper plus you have access to high end hunting and defense ammo if needed. If you compare brass to brass 300BLK is cheaper than 7.62x39. Another plus to .300BLK is the only proprietary part is the barrel so if you want to go to 5.56 you just change the barrel.
     
  16. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Thx mjkeat, I handt really thought of .300blk. I have heard good things about it. In any case I'd still like a complete upper set to change out quickly. Thats really what I meant when I said "receiver" instead of upper.
     
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  18. mjkeat

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    I really like my .300blk but haven't really put to many rounds down range yet. Ammo selection and the ability to use 5.56 parts sold me on it.
     
  19. thaglyde

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    Is this.300blk the same as the 300 fireball in model 1?