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AK-74 Barrel Transplant

This is a discussion on AK-74 Barrel Transplant within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; And with that, we can say sayonara to those obnoxious keyholes... Good stuff Cat...

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    And with that, we can say sayonara to those obnoxious keyholes...

    Good stuff Cat
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    Way to go Cat, everything looks good all back together. Glad everything lined up good. Now I will be awaiting for the range report. I hope that got rid of those nasty keyholes for you.

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    Congrats Cat!!!! Do you feel the pride in making a silk purse out of a sow"s ear? Shoot it with pride, it is truely "your" rifle now!!!

    P.S. It looks great!!!!
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    Great job Cat. Congrats on completing a very cool and practical project.

    Bet you can't wait to give her a try.

    ENJOY.

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    Range report:

    First target pic.... left side: 52-grain Soviet surplus from 1982. Right side: Silver Bear 70-grain. The 52 grain stuff was fired from about 25 yards, and the 70 grain was from a variety of ranges, from about 25 to about 75 yards.




    Second target pic - 52-grain fired by Shadenfreud from a variety of ranges. In his words - "A damn fine grouping."




    Shadenfreud firing... note the smoke coming out of the muzzle brake:




    DO YOU SEE ANY KEYHOLES?!?

    Prognosis: The transplant TOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We fired maybe 150 rounds, most at the targets but some into the berm. We got that gun HOT. Not one keyhole, not one malfunction!

    Conclusions:

    Century stuff sucks. About the only thing I trust them to do is to set rivets and parkerize stuff. Aside from that, they're hacks.
    If you own a Bulgy 74 with an American barrel, I strongly urge you to order up a real Bulgy barrel and change it out.
    Shootin' stuff is FUN!

    This has been an interesting ordeal to say the least.

    I want to thank:

    Mrs Cat - She very much encouraged me to get this done. Of course, she's laid claim to this rifle, so she 'had an angle'.
    Shadenfreud - This could NOT have been done had he not gotten me access to the 30-ton press. No way.
    Youtube user buildyourownak - I just followed what he did in his vids. He makes it look easy, and if you have the right tools, it is.
    Curtis at AK-Builder.com - he sold me just exactly what I needed to get this job DONE.
    YOU guys - Thank you for the encouragement! This is a cool forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Bunny View Post
    Congrats Cat!!!! Do you feel the pride in making a silk purse out of a sow"s ear? Shoot it with pride, it is truely "your" rifle now!!!

    P.S. It looks great!!!!
    Yes I do. I feel like I accomplished something with this one :)
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    You did a great job Cat I love the outcome. Hopefully I will be able to do mine one day. Then again I may leave it for a 25 yard slam rifle for home defense.

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    Bump - I'm expecting a friend of mine to drop by soon :)
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    Been following this saga and I am glad your hard work, patience and perseverance worked out for you.....now order about 10 spam cans of 5.45x39 from AIM and shoot on bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    Been following this saga and I am glad your hard work, patience and perseverance worked out for you.....now order about 10 spam cans of 5.45x39 from AIM and shoot on bro.
    Thanks, Pirate :) The transplant's taken, and well - and I now have 2 1/2 spam cans in my inventory!

    One was from 1980... one from 1981... and one from 1982.... those essobees don't know what they're doing to me.
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    I can't tell you how grateful I am to find this thread.

    I like knowing that this is an option down the road because I have had the same thoughts regarding the economics of either fixing (if needed) -vs- trying to sell this gun and buying another quality build, but... I have really wanted a chrome lined hammer forged original or quality barrel in THIS gun. I really like the gun.

    I have owned a SAR-2 (with that HFCL barrel) before, and it didn't have the receiver and finish quality that this gun seems to have. And, yes, that SAR-2 jammed. Frustrated, I sold it, although I now wish I had not.

    I like my Century M-74, and it doesn't keyhole, I think. To be honest I have not tried to shoot it under about 40 or over about 75 yards yet,, and will do so as soon as I get home from this trip. And I will be looking carefully at the rifling. I don't think my groups were all that bad at around 65-75 yards though, maybe 6 to 9 inches or so.

    I love the gun. It functions flawlessly. It is beautiful, although I may Duracoat it black some day. I am just glad there seems to be a more economical option than to try to sell the gun. The barrel seems to be the only real weak point with the Century.

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