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Posted: 3/17/2006 11:36:17 AM EDT
any of you guys doing it yet. I saw tat you can get the dies from huntington's. where to get loading specs brass &bullets could you use 5.56 bullets ?R1150R
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 1:31:47 PM EDT
I don't load for 5.45x39 but I do for 5.56x45 (223rem). The bullet diameter of 5.56x45 is .224" and I THINK that the bullet diameter for the 5.45x39 is .215". You definitely cannot use 5.56x45 bullets for 5.45x39.

The Russians are known for not using the same diameter bullets as we do. Their 9x18 Makarov bullet is a slightly different diameter from our (and Europe's) 9mm. Their 7.62x39, 7.62x54r, 7.62x25 bullets are not our .308 diameter "7.62" bullets either.

I have loaded SPs for game in 7.62x39 but the cost of handloading from new brass is steep for plinking ammo.

I would expect the same situation for 5.45x39 if someone did offer brass & bullets.

The AK usually destroys the cases anyways, so you would probably only get a load or two out of 'em before having to discard them.

I don't know of any load data for 5.45x39.

A quick search of www.midwayusa.com turned up nothing for brass or bullets in 5.45x39.

I hope the 5.45 comes back in plentiful and cheap fashion myself.

If not I expect to see a bunch of cheap AK74s on the market.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 1:34:26 PM EDT
Good luck finding brass cases or even proper diameter bullets.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 1:55:36 PM EDT
I load standard 9mm bullets in my Maks cases.....work great, they are just a little long.
A .223 bullet will work if its the same length, 5.56mm isn't .223" and .22 is 5.6mm, same as a 5.45 bullet....same barrel used to make the .22 "trainers"
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 3:49:02 PM EDT
the bullet dia. for 5.45 is .221& .223 for the 5.56. whats a couple thousandths among friends?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:03:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 4:23:16 PM EDT by M4-TUNA]

Originally Posted By R1150R:
the bullet dia. for 5.45 is .221& .223 for the 5.56. whats a couple thousandths among friends?

There should be some out there. I saw some but it was exspensive. 221 Fireball round was around so lead should not be a problem. I go look for it. CASES OUCH
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:19:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By M4-TUNA:

Originally Posted By R1150R:
the bullet dia. for 5.45 is .221& .223 for the 5.56. whats a couple thousandths among friends?

There should be some out there. I saw some but it was exspensive. 221 Fireball round was around so lead should not be a problem. I go look for it. CASES OUCH



Damn. And I thought Lapua .220 Russian cases were pricy. . . .
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 2:09:15 PM EDT
Might be easier and cheaper to tell Wolf to make some for there Gold line of ammo.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 1:05:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 5:12:06 AM EDT
thanks alot Xenogy! thats just the info I couldn't find . no worrys about ammo availabilty when you can roll your own! I sold my AR but wanted something different. the 74 I like better with only two exceptions , no ammo available doesn't hold open on the last shot. R1150R
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