For this, you would just have to listen to actual accounts.as for reliability the ak wins hands down, but I must disagree with csteinman about damage. The .223 was designed to cause damage, it bounces off bone and causes internal damage, so even if the entry point is not at a vital point it could still possible cause fatal injury, on the other hand the 7.62x39 is a heavy bullet that cuases a high percentage of through and through wounds, so in other words if it does not hit a vital area it is highly survivable.
You can almost have both....buy an AK in .223why cant ya have both? If I am on American Soil give me my AR, if i am over seas give me the AK , all comes down to what ammo you can get in a hurry
I have a RRA w/20" Stainless Bull Barrel, NM Trigger and NM sights - there is no AK-47 or AK-74 that was ever made that would even come CLOSE to the accuracy of that AR-15. I have a Yugo Mod. 59/66 which I bought unissued and packed in cosmoline, which is more accurate than any AK-47 by virtue of it's much longer barrel, and it doesn't come close to the accuracy of ANY AR-15. Additionally, the ballistics of the 7.62 x 39 make it impossible to compete with the .223 at almost any range beyond 100 yds. Loaded with 69 gr. Sierra HPBT ammo, I can group less than 1/2" at 100 yds. No AK-47 will do that. 2-4" at 100yds is considered accurate for an AK. Less kick? Impossible! Recoil is a function of mass and velocity - and "felt recoil" has the weight of the gun factored in - the .223 bullet weighs half as much as the 7.62 and the AR-15 is a heavier gun, which means it absorbs more recoil, it also has a recoil buffer which the AK doesn't have. My SKS kicks much more than my AR and the SKS is heavier than any AK. Also, HP bullets driven at higher velocities fragment more violently than HP ammo driven at slower velocities. Since the average 7.62 x 39 round travels at almost 800fps less than the average .223 round, and since the .223 round is lighter, basic physics tells you that the .223 round will fragment faster and more violently when entering the same medium. In a more accurate platform, a HP 7.62 would do more damage at longer ranges because it retains more energy, but at those ranges you couldn't hit the target with an AK-47. Spray and Pray - that's what the AK is about. The smartest thing our military did was change from full -auto to 3 rd. burst.There is a good reasons some African countries actually have the AK-47 on their national flag. I own both the Ak-47("YUGO"M-70) and a Bushmaster .223. For all those who were discussing "STOPPING POWER" ETC..... a TAP(police) .223 is devastating and can be more damaging to the internal organs than even the 7.62x39 in FMJ. On the other hand the bullets i put in my AK-47 Yugoslavian m70 are Hollow Point and are easily 5 times as deadly as any .223 in FMJ or any 7.62x39 in FMJ. NOW.........when both are in Hollow Point or TAP (police tactical) i would go with the AK-47 simply because it does much more damage(I have harvested Wild Hog with both rifles and can say with certainty that the AK-47 round is much more devastating) Also...even though the AR-15 is more accurate overall(not by much though) the AK packs a bigger punch and is,..in my experience...much more failsafe than the AR-15 and although heavier, the AK is much easier to control in full auto mode and has much less kick.