AK 74, not 47.

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    AK 74, not 47.

    I just learned the difference between these two and now Im totally sold on this rifle. Relatively obscure round though from what Ive seen in the ballistic tables, the 5.45x39 is definately capable IMO. Plus, INEXPENSIVE!!!! 1000 rounds for $150, unbelievable. Some one tell me Im smokin crack and this isnt real for some good reason, or if you have this rifle, let me know about your experience with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsigma40cal View Post
    Relatively obscure round though from what Ive seen in the ballistic tables, the 5.45x39 is definately capable IMO.
    Depends on where you are......since its the ammo now used by most all the former Warsaw Pact nations in their AK74's which is now their front line weapon, in many parts of the world its the most widely available centerfire ammo. AIM has spam cans of1080 rounds for $129. http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...39R&groupid=33

    Far and away the least expensive mid-powered centerfire ammo now available. I have several span cans stocked up.

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    I like the 47 for just the reason that the cartridge has a bit more bite then my 5.56 AR, which is close to an AK74
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    If they make a barrel and bolt for the AR15,I'm swapping out my 7.62x39 upper and buying about 10,000 rounds of ammo,then I'm telling my buddy so we can convert his M16,I can't load 223 that cheap
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    I wonder if these are legal in Connecticut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWFD View Post
    I wonder if these are legal in Connecticut?
    I believe you can buy them in any gun store in CT. I know they had them at Hoffman's when I was there awhile back. One of the employees at the counter was playing with one.

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    Just keep in mind that the caliber had a relatively short life span. And so there is a relatively smaller amount of surplus ammo to be expended over the years. Sure, its here now, but anything can interrupt that and its a given its going to give out eventually. So get it while you can. Your choices are limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
    Just keep in mind that the caliber had a relatively short life span. And so there is a relatively smaller amount of surplus ammo to be expended over the years. Sure, its here now, but anything can interrupt that and its a given its going to give out eventually. So get it while you can. Your choices are limited.
    Short life span, It’s the round currently used by Russia and all the other former Warsaw pact nations in the AKS-74U and newer AKS-105 which is slated as the new Russian front line military rifle. Wolf, Silver Bear, Brown Bear, Golden Tiger and several other Russian ammo makers carry the round commerically and several US and European ammo manufacturers are tooling up to produce it commercially also. This round is now and will be plentiful and highly available from now to the foreseeable future. I have around 7K rounds myself on hand.
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    I plan on stocking up some myself.I have about 700 rounds and thats just not enough.

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    I'm sitting on over 6,000 rounds of it as well in spam cans.

    I bought my AR chambered for 5.45x39, (S&W MP15), because I refused to pay the ridiculous prices for .223/5.56. Yeah, it's corrosive, but I have this bad habit of cleaning my weapons after a trip to the range anyhoo, soo.....

    The 53gr military 5.45 surplus actually has a reputation of "tumbling" upon impact and making some devastating wound cavaties, much like the very early .223 rounds in Vietnam.

    See here-----53gr Bulgarian boattail steel-core FMJ

    Personally, when all ammo hoarding started, I've saw the 7.62 get harder to find then the 5.45.

    And yes there are 5.45 uppers out there for the AR15.
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    The Russians have been using 5.45x39 for longer than they used 7.62x39.

    To me that shows both the effectiveness of this round, as well as the round it was created to more or less copy. (5.56x45)
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    I'm torn. I'd love a traditional looking AK-74 myself, but I think that the Hungarian AMD-65 is calling my name as far as my next EBR goes.

    The low price of 5.45x39 is hard to resist though...

    Oh well, eventually I'll have to get both I guess.
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    The Polish Tantal is not as compact as the ubiquitous AK47 it replaced, but is a very well built assault rifle. Get one now while they are still relatively cheap!

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    I have been knowing about this modification brought in AK 74 which makes it more better then AK47.Since I'm a reporter it get very essential to keep our selves by the updates related to every field and since ammunition are my favorite area of interest it get fun and inspiring knowing more about them.

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    Where are you guys seeing ammo for $150/1k rounds?
    The best price I've found for 5.45x39 was just a smidgeon cheaper than 9mm, and it was corrosive at that. The non-c. Wolf/Bear brands were too close to the same brand 5.56 to justify the purchase of a new rifle.

    And I thought I was getting good at digging up good prices on the internet...

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