what AK caliber would you pick???

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    what AK caliber would you pick???

    looking into getting an AK just to have and plink around with at the range nothing more then that. im leaning twords the 7.62x39 just becuase its the orginal round but i know it comes in a number of different rounds .223, 5.49x39 ext. i already have an ar in 5.56/.223 so that does make me think about getting it in .223 so i only have to buy one caliber. what caliber would you pick? why?? just looking for some insight maybe something that i havent considered, any and all advise/imput would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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    My inclination is toward 7.62x39. The gun's action and mags are designed around that round, and the availability of cheap(er) Commie-bloc, steel-case ammo seems endless.

    I long ago gave up on the "don't want another new caliber" argument with myself, and never looked back. Life is good, celebrate diversity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    My inclination is toward 7.62x39. The gun's action and mags are designed around that round, and the availability of cheap(er) Commie-bloc, steel-case ammo seems endless.

    I long ago gave up on the "don't want another new caliber" argument with myself, and never looked back. Life is good, celebrate diversity!
    +1. If you want .223 you could look into a Galil.


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    OOOh i like Atc timmys idea...the Galil system is the bomb and very underrated and forgotten my many.
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    12 guage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    12 guage.

    Its the fastest shooting shotgun on the planet. Magazine or drum fed, low recoil, and has a maximum cool factor.
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    I am very happy with both my .223/5.56 and my 12 gauge...

    And there is a lot of cheap Bear and Wolf 5.56 ammo out there.
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    what AK caliber would you pick???
    7.62x39mm, for me. The AK's were designed for it, it hits harder than many and is less expensive than most.
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    My WASR-10 is 7.62,...although I really want a Saiga 12ga

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    I carry an AK daily here and own and haved owned several. Yes the refinement of an AK system is a Galil a real Galil no offense to anyone but Golani copies can be hit or miss in quality. A real Galil will cost you upwards of $3000.
    I prefer the 7.62 versions of the AK. The .223 and 5.45 versions are good I just prefer the 7.62 is hits harder and penetrates better. Mags and ammo can be found anywhere at decent prices and on occasion can be had just really, really cheap.
    The rifles themselves are truly you get what you pay for. WASP rifles can be good or need some work it is to be able to look and check one before you buy. Don't know what your budget is some of the higher end AK's are great from the box, Arsenal and Fuller built AK's are at the top of the heap.
    Anyways just an opinion.
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    7.62x39mm is my current choice. Although I'll be honest, that 5.45x39mm is really tempting with those ultra cheap spam cans of mil-surp ammo.

    I know after I get done with the conversion of this Saiga 12, I'm going to be saving for an Arsenal. I've just been trying to decide to go with the more common 7.62 round, or the rarer 5.45 round that I can buy cheaper.

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    I recently picked up a 5.45 as a practice AK because it is cheaper to shoot than 7.62.

    Both will do the job. The 7.62's bigger, harder hit is something to think about. The prices are coming down in 7.62.

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    For either an original IMI Israeli Military Industries made import Magnum Research or Action Arms Galil...in either .308 7.62NATO or .223/5.56 you are talking pretty huge dollars.
    Three Grand + just for the bare bones rifle is not unusual.

    I am somewhat of a Galil aficionado & while I would never part with any of my personal rifles - I would hesitate to suggest a Galil to others these days.

    It is a rifle of huge pluses but, some downside these days.

    Prices for an original IMI Galil are steep. Original accessories are also very expensive. Many will find it to be comparitively heavy.
    It's incredibly "crazy accurate" wiith the correct ammo. Recoil is near nill. The flash hider is great. It will "monopod" with the 50 round magazines.
    Original IMI magazine prices have gone down. The magazines are built like tanks.
    The rifle itself is highly overbuilt & damn nearly indestructible. It gobbles up dirt and sand, will work wet & dirty and even bone dry of lube, and just never seems to quit functioning. Field stripping and thorough cleaning is a walk in the park.

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    For nothing more than plinking at the range, your description, I would get what ever was the cheapest including ammo, that functioned.

    Personally, for more serious applications I prefer 7.62 as it is a larger caliber and I have the fastest yaw ammunition that can be had.

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    I, too, have a preference for the 7.62X39 in an AK.

    That's one of the reasons that I got an AK; the .30 cal.
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