Why isn't a 7.62x39 AR the Perfect Rifle?

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by Succinct, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Succinct

    Succinct New Member

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    After 47 years of owning nothing more than a Daisy BB gun as a kid, this year I bought a Mossy 500 and an XD-45. I am now scoping out (pardon the pun) rifles. I tried a friend's FAL (7.62 x 51), and it was so brutal that it was just unpleasant to shoot IMHO. On the other hand I love the look of the AR-15, but their 5.56 rounds seemed like popguns in comparison to the mighty 7.62x51 cartidges' sound! So I am thinking a 7.62 x 39 would be perfect, but then I read that the AK suffers from accuracy issues.

    So while browsing Able Ammo's site I came across what seemed like the perfect hyrbrid: a 7.62 x 39 AR rifle!! 7.62 x 39 (or larger) is also recommended by Boston T. Party in his book "Boston's Gun Bible" if you are going to have just one rifle, which is probably my case for awhile due to money issues.

    Please tell my why I shouldn't jump on a 7.62 x 39 AR. Thanks!

    My purpose: Prepare for the revolt, target practice fun. Nothing much else.
     
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  2. FCross7

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    If you do some looking around there are so many calibers in AR's out now. There's the 6.8 Remington SPC that I've been hearing good things about, 7.62x39, 7.62x51(which is must more controllable in an AR than in a FAL), theres some really big .45 caliber stuff, .50 caliber stuff, and the new one that remingtons coming out with that's supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the .30 AR. The good thing about the 7.62x39 however, is not on the stopping power, but the price as well. It's still gonna be one of the cheaper ones out there.

    -Fred
     

  3. ranger_sxt

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    For a long time, they had serious reliability issues with the magazines, due to piss poor engineering.

    And the AK does not suffer from any accuracy issue beyond the user not knowing how to shoot...
     
  4. JoshX3Magazine

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    I can't argue with what you're saying...the world has seen numerous showdowns between the AK with its round and the M16/M4/AR and its round. Both have won because both do some things well and others not so much. I feel like ballistically, both rounds are a compromise...but then you never get anything for nothing.

    I think most people who purchase a rifle for the civilian market have the luxury of selecting the ideal round for their particular needs and their particular circumstances. Bottom line is that if the 7.62x39 is the ideal round for you, and you prefer the AR platform, go for it. Simple as that. If I were looking for a round with reasonable recoil and purchasing an AR rifle wrapped around it, I'd heavily consider the 6.5 or 6.8, but then a Panther in .308 arouses me at this particular moment in time. :)

    My question then becomes, how far out are you planning on engaging targets and/or zombies? If it's further out than say 100 meters or so, I'd check out some other rounds. If it's 100 meters or under, I think the 7.62.x39 is a fine round that will do just fine for you. Just my opinions.

    Have a great night!
     
  5. bkt

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    7.62x39 is arguably underpowered. If you want a bullet that size, go big or stay home.

    Also, the AR-15 platform is ubiquitous. Lots of parts, lots of people who own 'em. I can't see being the black sheep...it's a completely different rifle even though it looks similar.

    If you want an AK, get one -- they're reliable as hell and are fine inside 100-150 yards.

    Incidentally, have you looked at ballistics tests comparing the 7.62x39 and 5.56x45? If memory serves, it is extremely bad news to be on the receiving end of a 5.56 soft-tip: the ballistics reports are as good as or better than the 7.62x39. NATO required the 5.56 FMJ because anything else was "too lethal".
     
  6. Succinct

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    THANKS for all of the tips/ideas. One other factor which I failed to emphasize is I don't have a lot of money, so cost of the ammo will be a big factor. If the 7.62x39 costs a lot more than a .223 (is that the right one? I know it's 5.56, sorry I am so ignorant on this stuff), then that swings my decision back to a 5.56 AR.

    AUUUGH! Meanwhile I keep hearing about legislation coming our way in which any such rifles (semi-auto, w/magazines) will be confiscated and/or taxed to death (see lack of money issue above). I guess a 7.62 would be banned before a 5.56 would....I loathe our current govt officials. All of 'em. Sheez it's so hard to NOT talk politics when you're talking about guns at all anymore...
     
  7. Dillinger

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    Here's the deal. The 7.62 x 39 round is great - if you are shooting across the street. It hits hard, and it hits with the poop to put someone on their butt.

    Now, go out to 200 or 300 yards, and you have a round that ballistically, just inferior to many other options out there.

    The AK platform is great, for what it was designed to do. It was designed to be very easily maintained, run in all conditions, and shoot from here to there, on automatic fire, reliably. Mission accomplished.

    The problem with all weapons that are op-od driven, which the AK is, is that the recoil forces extra tension on the receiver and accuracy suffers.

    The AR platform is a gas powered weapon that doesn't suffer the same problems, so it is "more complicated" but also "more accurate".

    Trying to marry the heavy, shorter round of the AK into the AR platform, in my mind, is a bit of a bastardized version of both that doesn't live up to the ultimate potential of either.

    The 5.56mm round, coupled with a well built AR, and equipped with hollowpoint or soft point ammunition, is very lethal...

    However, I would still prefer to have an AR-10, chambered in 7.62x51 because that round will reach out to 600 yards and still have the terminal ballistics to put a guys face in the dirt.

    Properly tuned, several 7.62 x 51mm platform can be tamed and very easy to shoot.

    I wouldn't put a stock FN FAL in that category. :cool:

    JD
     
  8. Succinct

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    As always, you are the voice of reason and I appreciate your well-written thought on the topic. Just what I was looking for.

    NOW - one last Q: I want to be able to afford building up some proficiency with this thing. How expensive is 7.62 x 51 ammo relative to the 5.56/.223? Seems to me it'd be a lot more expensive than .223, which I found recently @ 50 for $9.49...
     
  9. Dillinger

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    7.62 x 51 is definitely going to cost you more. No fancy way around it.

    The 5.56mm platform is a great way to start, especially because you can get a .22lr conversion and you can shoot all day long for just a couple of $10'ers. :D

    A 7.62 x 51mm AR-10 would suit you well in the End of Days, but I would not recommend that as your "first" step into the AR platform.

    The problem I have with the AK platform is that should End of Days happen, and it NOT involve the Chinese Red Army, the ammo is going to dry up pretty damn quick.

    5.56mm and .308/7.62 on the other hand, well......

    Every police station, National Guard Armory, sporting goods store, etc is going to have some sort of "stock".

    And that doesn't even include all the "battlefield" pick ups....
     
  10. SGT-MILLER

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    .......of course if you're looking for that instant one shot stopper.......

    :D

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  11. Cory2

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    Here is my 2 Cents. I think if your gonna get a 7.62 you might as well get a 7.62x54r such as a dragunov. Sure it doesnt have the plastic toy gun look but it is an EXTREMELY accurate semiautomatic rifle that is less expensive than most decent ar's and the 7.62x54r is a round that is still super sonic past a 1000 yards which means it still has way more than enough force to kill a zombie. The ammo is easily accessible through military surplus because it was used in the mosin nagant (which i own). The only down side is that the 54 kicks a good bit.
    However on the other hand. In all of these forums everyone acts like if the SHTF they are gonna turn into the next Mikhail Surkov. When this is more than likely far from reality. In modern combat the outermost distance MOST engagements occur at is 300 yards. This is largely because of cover/concealment. Take a look out your window, can you see past 300 yards? are there hills or trees or buildings or houses or cars or... in the way? Probably so unless you live in the desert or in the middle of nowhere in some fictitious grassy plain with no hills. You do not need a sniper rifle in just about any self defence scenario. The fact is a 7.62 round of any powder charge is going to have more knockdown power than a 5.56 at the ranges you would most likely be engaging targets at.
    Also concider this. Would you honestly be able to shoot someone from 6 or 7 or 8 hundred yards away? How would they be posing a threat to you? Unless they are sighted in on you (in which case you probably wouldnt see them and if you did it would be to late to do anything about it) there is no real way someone could put you in any danger. So unless your plan is to become a psychotic murderer when the SHTF and just make things worse i would suggest a 7.62 caliber round...and a good sidearm.
    Thats the end of my spill let the flamming begin.
     
  12. RL357Mag

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    The Dragunov and the Romanian PSL are definately NOT target rifles, unless you consider 3-4" groups at 100 yds. target material... They are nothing more than AK variants with longer barrels, and currently cost as much as an AR-15. The Yugoslavian M76 Sniper (8 x 57mm) is similarly innaccurate and costs over $1700. I can buy two LR308's (AR-10) for the price of one M76. As far as hitting 300+ yd human targets, I can visualize several scenarios where I would prefer to stop a threat at long range...I would not want to be limited by my poor choice in weapons! As for the 7.62 x 39mm round, it's a medium range round at best, especially out of an AK, and it's ballistics are similar to the Win. 30-30, only the 30-30 does better and has a greater range of bullet selections, meaning I would select a scoped Marlin lever gun over a semi-auto AK any day of the week. There's not a stock AK made that will out group my scoped Marlin or Winchesters. Additionally, I am not limited to FMJ ammo, and in a SHTF situation my goal will be to kill, not wound.
     
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  13. orangello

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    Have you considered an SKS rifle? It shoots the affordable 7.62x39, just like the AK. I have been told the SKS has slightly better range & accuracy than most AK variants. On a first hand basis, i am sure the accuracy is a bit better (in my hands) than my buddy's basic WASR-10 version of an AK. I like my buddy's WASR/AK, but my SKS seems more "rifle-like" i guess.

    It won't look as cool as an AR & mounting a scope will be more challenging on an SKS. It will be less expensive to purchase and simpler to maintain. Consider it an option.
     
  14. RL357Mag

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    I have a Yugo SKS which was sold as "arsenal new". The accuracy is not even close to my three 30-30's. I have tried two different brands of aperature sights in an effort to get better results, to no avail. I have not tried US made ammo and have only shot Wolf, Hot Shot, and other cheap ammo's. Scope mounting on an SKS is a shot in the dark unless it is a side-mount scope since the bolt cover mounts have excessive play. It may be more accurate than an AK, but 4-6" groups at 100 yds. is a wall-hanger to me!
     
  15. orangello

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    Absolutely true, from what i've seen & tried on my norinco. There is a rail & mount (side) from kalinka that i plan to use on my SKS; the receiver cover mounts don't seem to be sturdy enough.

    It is an inexpensive option with inexpensive ammo for someone less serious about regular long-range use. It also has that tacticool look so lacking in a standard lever 30-30. :D

    I wanted a .308 rifle for longer range shooting, until i realized that i wasn't honestly willing to spend the time and money required to make me a competent long-range marksman. I settled for the SKS for now and will probably step up to something with more reach when i have more time & money to devote to my skill level and equipment. If i move somewhere more open, i will probably want to move that upgrade schedule up.
     
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  16. RL357Mag

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    I've had a love affair with lever actions since I was 7 and Mattel made a Winchester 73' capgun. I never lost my affinity for them and find them much more visually appealing than an SKS...not to mention they are a piece of Americana instead of a combloc weapon used to kill Americans. About the only reason I bought an SKS is because back in '94 the government said I couldn't!:D
     
  17. Cory2

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    I don't mean to insult you if this sounds wrong. But i know for a fact that a dragunov svd will shoot better than 4" groups at 100 yards. This result was NOT the rifles fault they ARE sub moa rifles in the right hands so if you or someone you know was shooting 4" groups that close it is because the person was either unfamiliar with the rifle or doesnt have much skill. I'm really trying to not sound like a bloc fan but also the ak is a relatively accurate rifle at the ranges it was intended to be used at. The main reason it is said to be so inaccurate is because of the recoil incured during full auto fire which is tremendous compared to the straight back stock designs of more modern weapons. However in semi auto fire it is plenty accurate enough for anything within 300 yards.

    Although i gotta admit if im going for pure accuracy i am not choosing a svd. I am not choosing an AR either though, my choice would be an m40 or a higher end civilian rifle such as r700 or a savage tactical in 7mm mag or 300 short mag Although shot mag ammo comes with a pretty hefty price nowadays. All of which are bolt action but hey im just talking reach out and touch someone capability.

    I know this is off topic but i wonder if russia still uses the svds as their primary sniper system or if they have something else out now. Does anyone know?
     
  18. Dillinger

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    The Dragonuv SVD is NOT a sub moa weapon. Not in the right hands, not on a good day, not with a Leprechaun in your pocket. :cool:

    You have a 24 inch barrel that is not free floated. Strike One.

    You have a gas-operated, piston driven, non harmonically isolated, short gas stroke action. Strike Two.

    You need specifically designed ammunition to achieve the required results of the Soviet Military, which is only 1.24 Minute of Angle at 100 Meters. Draw.

    Now. Compare that to a weapon that can shoot .75-1.00 MOA all day long with off the shelf ammuntion??

    The fact of the matter is game progammers and fiction authors the world over have sold this rifle as "The Best Sniper Platform in the World".

    I can list 10 rifles that will out shoot the SVD all day, in the hands of anyone, that don't need some Russian super technology cartridge to get the job done.....

    JD
     
  19. spittinfire

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    Please provide said list......I'm curious.
     
  20. Dillinger

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    Sure. You just want 10 rifles? Ten rifles in that price range? Ten rifles that are semi auto? Or what?

    I can do this all day long... LOL