There's was aguy on the EE that was selling a converted Mak 90 stamped for about $500. or so. It looked sweet. I believe he might have been in Wa St.
Also if I just wanted a good AK. Thick reciever ( 1.5 )striaght cut ...... The Stamped Mak 90 is the one I would be looking for. WD
Originally Posted By Silas:
I posted a thread a few days ago about wanting to get a AK-47. I researched the brands that alot of you suggested and I think I want to go with a Norinco MAC-90. I was wondering what the pros and cons are of the milled and stamped receivers. I read that the milled is heavier but it is more accurate, Is this correct? I also read that the stock kits for the milled were limited due to a slant somewhere on the gun. Which version would you recommend if the two were laying side by side? Also what would be a good price to pay for one? Any helpful tips about this rifle or buying this rifle would be appreciated.
The milled are a tad bit heavier, but not by much. They are made from a solid piece of metal then milled from one solid block. They have a long squared cut forward of the trigger guard on the right side of the receiver. Some have the oval "386" stamped on them as well. I believe this meant they were basically a Polytech with the Norinco name stamped in it. The stamped are somewhat lighter, but not much. Just like the name implies they are stamped and then formed into a receiver. Both are quality receivers. Mostly all of the AK style rifles have the stamped style receivers. Some companies do make a milled version. Only company that comes to mind is Arsenal and I believe they are now using stamped receivers as well.
The chinese receivers are 1.5 mm in thickness which makes them feel a bit more heavy and solid then say the SAR-1 rifles. As far as the accuracy I don't believe the milled is more accurate than the stamped.
The buttstock choices are pretty small. Ironwood Designs offers a stock set for the milled/angle cut receivers. I'm not sure if anyone else does, or not. The round hole in the end of the receiver makes it hard to add a buttstock. I've only seen one company that sells a stock set for that receiver.
If the two were side by side I'd personally get the milled. Just because they are kinda rare and hard to find. I own a stamped MAK-90 myself and it's a solid rifle. Very good quality and the fit and finish is really nice. I paid $300 for mine. That seems to be the going rate for a used one in good shape. The milled style might go for $350-$450. Again this is just an estimate.
I personally prefer the stamped ones. Here is my early 90's MAK90 I was fortunate enough to be able to get a surplus chinese AK47 furniture set for shortly after I bought it.
As far as accuracy goes the only real edge the milled reciever would have is the smoother trigger pull. They have the best trigger of any AK rifle imported. The biggest con about them is due to the slant cut on the rear of the receiver you are limited to a Ironwood stock unless you make your own stock or do some heavy modifing on a milled recevier stock.
Price $300-$500 but is really dependant on where you are at as up north or east/west coast prices tend to be on the higher side.