Well it looks like the plans for the AR build have fallen through the cracks :fire: so I'm going to have to consider something cheeped for now. This is not an "I cant afford an AR" cuz I'm still going to get it, just a few months later, I'm just giving the alternatives another look at.
What would be a good SKS or AK variant? Which do you prefer?
Should I go 7.63 or 5.45?
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July 3, 2006, 11:36 AM
If you are looking for something to fill the time, between now, and when you get an AR, I would say get the SKS. Yugo SKS's in excellent condition can be had for $100. The AK is 2-3 times more $ at the very least depending on what you get. Save the extra $200-$300, for the AR build. 5.45 is available in the AK only. To my knowledge no SKS was available in 5.45. I think 5.45 is a better round than 7.62. I'm not sure, but I think 5.45 is harder to find right now than 7.62. Also I think mags are more expensive for 5.45.
July 3, 2006, 11:28 PM
An SKS with a Tech Sights rear arperture (http://www.tech-sights.com/) will be a pretty good shooter and give you a similar sight picture as your AR to be. I like the Russian, Romanian or Norinco SKS better than the Yugo 59/66. It's lighter, has a chrome lined bore and has better balance.
On the other hand, you could pick up a Kel-Tec SU-16 (http://www.kel-tec.com/su16c.html) for now and share ammo and mags with your future AR. With the folding stock it has the benifit of being more compact than the AR.
July 4, 2006, 01:43 AM
What do you want to shoot with it?
How much do you want to spend?
July 4, 2006, 02:44 AM
saiga for 762. and an ak variant for 5.45 , allthough they and the rounds are higher priced now, and they aint coming down. check here
July 4, 2006, 08:17 AM
If you want something to kill time until you build/buy an AR, get the SKS or a Marlin 60SS.
July 4, 2006, 09:54 AM
M1 Garand, CMP Forum (http://www.odcmp.org/new_forum/), or