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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 8/19/2004 3:43:59 PM EST
Is there anybody out there making a bolt actionrifle in 5.45x39?
Thanks
43E1P
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 4:37:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 5:01:08 PM EST
You could allways have one custom made..
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 8:27:29 PM EST
I thought about doing one on a Savage Mod 10 FP. The Savage barrels are very easy to switch and it would make a cool switch barrel combo. Never persued it further than that...

So many projects and such little time

KyARGuy

Link Posted: 8/19/2004 8:41:30 PM EST
Use a Sako action, you can buy them specifically sized for 5.45, 7.62 and 5.56mm. All of these rounds are similar in length.
Link Posted: 8/19/2004 10:23:11 PM EST
A custom job sounds really expensive.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 1:44:27 AM EST
So do you guys think that 5.45x39 would work on a .223 short action?
43E1P
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 3:53:14 AM EST
GREAT IDEA !!!!!! I AM A GUN SHOP MANAGER HERE IN CENTRAL FL.. I CALLED H&R FOR THEIR HANDI-RIFLE TO BE CHAMBERED IN 7.62X39 AND 5.45X39 WOULD MAKE A GREAT LITTLE RIFLE. THEY GOT BACK TO ME AND STATED THAT THERE IS NOT A SAAMI SPEC. FOLLOWED BY THE OLD MANUFACTURES OF THESE ROUNDS AND THAT THE ASSUALT RIFLE CHAMBERS ARE REALLY LOOSE SPECS. ALSO THE STEEL CASED AMMO WOULD CREATE PROBLEMS, THEY DON'T NEED.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 5:43:01 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 6:49:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/20/2004 6:52:14 AM EST by JA545]
www.lothar-walther.com/english/barrels_metric.htm
Makes 5.45 barrels.
www.clymertool.com/welcome.html
Makes 5.45x39mm chamber reamers and headspace guages.
A 223 case has a .378 rim diameter and the 5.45 has a .393 rim. So the bolt face and magazine may need to be opened up and the exstractor might need some work also.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 1:54:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 2:20:12 PM EST
Well it is nice to see that I'm not the only one interested in a bolt gun in 5.45X39.
I have three Veprs in this caliber and I really would like to get a bolt gun in this caliber.
Oh well maybe someday!

Thanks for all the input.
43E1P
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 3:04:50 PM EST
I think it would be a bitchin bolt gun. There is a SSG82 in a shop here in town but its over $900 and didnt look too durable plus the scope mounts were odd. Id also like to build a 5.45 bolt gun.
Link Posted: 8/20/2004 5:39:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 2:22:16 AM EST
A remington 700 action is exactly what I was thinking.
As for availability of the ammo I have never had a problem with getting a hold of Barnaul or Wolf as for the ammo being manufactured here in the US well did anybody here ever think that they would see 7.62x39 in a Winchester red box or 7.62x54R in a Black Hills box?
I do think it is a matter of time and as usual I'm not very patient.
It seems like the intrest is there for a bolt rifle in 5.45x39 my preference would be one with a heavy barrel so I plan on e-mailing the piss out the major gun and ammo manufactures alike and see what happens.
Thanks again for taking the time to post your replys.
43E1P
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 3:27:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 5:46:59 AM EST
If suitable barrels were available I would consider usesing one of the following as a starting point:

A bolt gun chambered in 22 or 6 PPC - bolt face should be close to 5.45

A CZ 527 cambered in 7.62X39

A Wuger chambered in 7.62X39
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 9:05:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/21/2004 9:12:05 AM EST by Andreuha]

Originally Posted By 43E1P:
So do you guys think that 5.45x39 would work on a .223 short action?
43E1P



YES!
The rounds' dimentions are very similar. All you'd need to modify on a .223 bolt-gun is re-barrel (can't re-chamber, 5.45 fire .220 bullets), re-face the bolt and modify the extractor to accomodate a slightly wider casing.

Edit: if you want to reload ammo (for accuracy), from what I've been reading, you need to take whatever .224 bullet you plan to use, and use a ring-die to bring the diameter down to acceptable size. Of course since nobody makes a reloadable casing for 5.45, you'll have to pull cheap Russian ammo and use those primed cases.
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