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Posted: 11/3/2009 12:31:22 AM EST
I finished up my AR and now I want an AK,
but what caliber should I get?
I like the cost of the 7.62 X 39 but do i want to add another one to buy.
I thought about just getting something in 556/223 to keep it simple.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 12:33:31 AM EST

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 12:41:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By GENESMITH:

thanks. I actually just read more and found the same question I asked.
I guess it all comes down to what you want
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:22:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By Natron11:
I finished up my AR and now I want an AK,
but what caliber should I get?
I like the cost of the 7.62 X 39 but do i want to add another one to buy.
I thought about just getting something in 556/223 to keep it simple.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:31:23 AM EST
I have two in 7.62x39. If I could do it all over again, I'd go with 5.45.

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Link Posted: 11/3/2009 4:19:01 AM EST
5.45 is the easy choice for me.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 4:35:43 AM EST
5.45 and 7.62x39 seem to have the most readily available and cheap mags compared to 223.
5.45 ammo is cheaper if you buy corrosive surplus ammo in tins (good ammo though)
the supply of 5.45 surplus will eventually dry up (commercial seems like ti'll be around for as long as 7.62x39 is).
comparing the same quality (arsenal) 7.62x39 rifles are cheaper at the momemnt (arsenal sgl21).
i don't know of any decent cheap 5.45 ak based rifles at the moment (SAR2s i don't think have been imported for a while, and i couldn't find a wasr2 either)

you cuold always get a 7.62 or 5.45 upper for your ar (but that would eliminate cheap commie mags, and the price of an upper is in the same price range as a complete AK)

i personally decided to get the arsenal sgl21 at the momment because of the sale, even though i've bought 4 tins of 5.45 already. i can always get a 5.45 rifle in the next few months.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 7:47:36 AM EST
Keep in mind, that in general, 5.56 AKs are considered less reliable than either Russian caliber.

I understand why some people with ARs choose 5.56 AKs to save from having another caliber, but I disagree.

You'll probably be happy no matter which caliber you choose, but I'd stick with 7.62 or 5.45.

Personally, I'd go with 7.62, but it depends on what you want out of your AK. 5.45 is cheap and fun, but from a terminal ballistics standpoint it's inferior to the premium 5.56 rounds (at least until Hornady releases their 5.45 load).

In 5.56 I prefer an AR over an AK, but I prefer my AKs in 7.62 over 5.45 for the reasons above.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 8:16:05 AM EST
Seeing as how you can buy 5.45 ammo at about 11 cents per round right now, and seeing as how you can get a good 5.45 AK for between $500-$600 with cheap $15 mil-surp magazines to boot, I think 5.45 AK's represent the best value right now (notwithstanding the current, temporary sale at K-var.)

And aside from monetary concerns, 5.45 AK's are fun to shoot. They're accurate, and have even less recoil than an AR.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:30:41 PM EST
What Stephen said Accurate and fun to shoot!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 4:54:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 4:56:29 PM EST by CopM4]
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I had the same issue and chose the Arsenal SLR106FR (very high quality)
I like the 7.62x39 and the 5.45x39 ..but I already owned two AR's so finding, buying, stocking another caliber seemed....out of the question.
The mags for the Arsenal also fit my existing web gear

I buy, shoot inexpensive Wolf 55 gr or 62 gr (FMJ and HP) and the Arsenal goobles it down just as easily as the more expensive 5,56 or .223
Look at the dozen or so companies that make .223 or 5.56mm ammo in the US.. you can easily, readily get plinking, hunting/defensive ammo, SS109, or match grade target rounds
(I practice/plink with Wolf 55gr or 62 gr but have a mag full of Hornady 75 TAP ammo for the house)

Domestic ammo supplies are not usually hit as hard as imported ammo...all the inexpensive ammo is "imported"
Imports can be delayed, stopped..(executive orders)

Go with 5,56

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