to buy an ak or buy ammo...?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by CaseyChadwell, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    So, hrre is my dilemma, I am contemplating buying an ak 47. I figure to get one that is decent I am going to spend upwards of $1000. I'm ok with that, but was wanting some opinions. If I don't buy a new rifle like an ak, I was considering a mosin and some ammo. If I do that, that would leave me several hundred dollars to stockpile some ammo for my 1911 and my 357 rossi levergun, pkus id still have a new toy. May even have the money to build that heavy barreled 10/22 I've always wanted.

    Help me make up my mind folks...I'm torn.
     
  2. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    I saw a pallet of Mosin ammo yesterday for $169 a box of 880 rounds. I saw zero AK ammo.
     

  3. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    I guess I should say that I am looking for a shtf rifle (thus an ak). But it also has to be good for wild hogs. I think the levergun would suffice at short ranges for hogs here in kentucky. If I don't do an ak and get a mosin, I would have ammo for the 357 and could tweek the mosin for long ranges for hogs.
     
  4. CaseyChadwell

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    Indy, that is one of the reasons I am leaning towards a cheap mosin and a bunch of 357 ammo. I canget ammo for the mosin ans the 357 still fairly cheap. The 7.62x39 is harder to come by and the last I seen was $450 for 1000 rounds of wolf hp...oretty high for 7.62x39.
     
  5. Tackleberry1

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    AK's... even good ones... are $400 to $500 rifles... and ammo is scarce.

    Personally, I would not want to be 1k into a gun that I'd be lucky to sell for $500 when this BHO crap blows over...

    Now, if you do NOT own an "intermediate" cartridge semi auto rifle then I understand adding one too your battery "while you can"... Who knows what will ultimately happen... and if the SHTF it will be worth every penny...

    ...but still, for 1k a decent Mosin and enough ammo for it to hold off a Battalion is probably the better financial decision.

    Tack
     
  6. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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    AK quandry...

    Get the Mosin.. Get the ammo... stock pile ammo for what you have (good luck on that one)... and/or save your money for now and wait for the panic to die down. Kick the AK option down the road... because if you buy one and find a year from today you can get one for 1/2 of what you will pay now (AND you couldn't find ammo for it anyway without $$$$$$ layout), you'll be kicking yourself.
    The 91/30 Mosin (especially the hex reciever WW2 issue long version) will get the hog job done, trust me.
     
  7. unclebear

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    I own both an ak and a mosin, like said if you don't have a median cartridge then I would get an AK but if you already do I would get the mosin if I were you. The ammo is still available for reasonable prices and you can work on it enough to where you can get some pretty decent accuracy out of it.

    I haven't been hog hunting with my mosin but with soft point rounds it drops a deer damn quick.
     
  8. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    Right now the only **** I see hitting the fan is the hog population blowing up in my neighbouring county, but ya never know what tomorrow will bring. I figure if the **** really hits the fan in a bad way, I can always pick up battlefield drops...but as stated, mainly wanting something to take out piggy and her kids before they overrun my deer property. Anyone have any experience hog hunting with hot 357s out of a 20 inch barrel?
     
  9. duddie10

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    Well thats somthing u have to figure on. I just got a new rifle. I spent 2 months thinking the same thing. What i decided to do was get somthing thats has ammo on most shelves. I went a got a savage 93r in 17hmr. In ct 17 is an odd ball so theres always ammo eveywhere. Around here 223/556 762x39 and even 762x54r are hard to come by and is way way way over priced. I had a buddy of mine just pick up sone 762x39 for 1.10 a round and he though he got at good deal. Id say get a mosin there fun rifles and if u watch the bore and make sure islts real nice u can hit 2L bottles at 200yds on irons.
     
  10. FrontierTCB

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    I say Mosin and ammo. Like stated before there is a chance the prices on the AK's will drop in the next year or so. Even if some crazy "ban" passes the prices on them probably won't go up a whole lot from where it is now in the middle of the panic.
    As long as you don't have to over pay on the ammo you will be better off IMO.
     
  11. RUG3R44

    RUG3R44 New Member

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    I agree 100%.
     
  12. ktrout

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    The AK is the sexy pick, but I'd play it safe with the Mosin and plenty of ammo.
     
  13. CaseyChadwell

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    Mosin it is guys. Thanks for all the help. I know where I can get one that has already had the bolt conversion, synthetic stock and scope for $250...I had one before and had over that in the drilling and tapping the scope mount and putting the bolt kit on it. if I can get close to a thousand rounds for it for under $200 and the gun for $250, that will leave me with over $500 for 357 and 45 ammo. I have a guy who reloads 357 for $16 a box of 50 with my choice of bullet. I'm going that route.
     
  14. nosaj

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    If you do decide that it is the intermediate cartridge in a semi that you want.....do yourself a favor and check out the SKS . you can still find them for $299
     
  15. NC1760

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    Holy crap... I forgot about the SKS option!! Good rifle w/ plenty of customizing option parts on the market.
     
  16. CaseyChadwell

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    I haven't seen an sks for less than 499 around here for a while. And my ex wifes cousin has an sks paratrooper that takes ak mags...if I went with an sks I would have to have one of them...
     
  17. HockaLouis

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    I agree w/Tack across the board and I am not a Mosin fan(atic)...
    If you find a new SKS that too is a decent(er) option.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    The Hex receiver was phased out in 1936, they were used during WWII, but not "new" issue. All 91/30's are rifles, not carbines.
    An SKS will work. More accurate then an AK47.
     
  19. locutus

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    Don't buy anything for a while. Let the supply settle down.

    If it were me, I would then (not now) get the AK and some ammo, and start saving my money for a Mosin!:)