7.62 ammo question


December 25, 2007, 05:52 PM
Is 7.62x39 ammo readily available at Dick's Sporting Goods or Wal-Mart? I ask because I am considering purchasing a Saiga or AK and if ammo is not available at those places I am going to have a hard time getting ammo because I am 18 and most on line stores require a buyer to be 21 to purchase ammo. The local gun shop overcharges too much on ammo. If it is difficult to find I think I'm going to have to go with the Saiga in .223 instead.

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December 25, 2007, 05:55 PM
IMHO...........pick up ammo by the case.....gun shows are good for that purpose. I'd stay away from Big Box Stores and Wal Mart ammo......only cause I think it's over priced.

Then again......you could learn to re-load.....then you won't have the "problem" of being under 21. Unless your state laws are "weird."

Aloha, Mark

December 25, 2007, 05:58 PM
in aks, saigas, sks's and such i shoot the cheapest ammo i can find. i have seen wolf at a few dick's, but the only thing they have at wal-mart is wwb, which is great and all but if you shoot more than about box a month it gets expensive real quick. i second the gun show that will be a great place and yes by the case is best.

December 25, 2007, 06:02 PM
I think I'm going to have to go with the Saiga in .223 instead.

The problem with that is .223 is about twice the price per round compared to 7.62x39, or at least that's what I'm finding.

As noted above try to buy bulk at gun shows and the like, Wal*Mart and others may be you only bet for now.

December 25, 2007, 06:12 PM
yeah if you are wanting to shoot fo cheap, then even the .223 wolf and other steel cased ammo is not the wayto go anymore, it is cheaper than brass cased .223 but 7.62x39 is the way to go for cheapest shooting.

December 25, 2007, 06:28 PM
At current prices, I do not think you can reload 7.62x39 to even equal the price of Wolf or Golden Tiger. Maybe save one or two pennies per round.

Definitely stock up at gun shows.
You'll get raped if you buy it by the box-of-twenty at strip malls.

If you are old enough to purchase the ammo, you are old enough to possess it. There is no "straw purchase" issue with ammunition. You can get the geezer across the street to order it for you. You do have some over-21 friends?

December 25, 2007, 06:32 PM
I'm looking at the AIM Surplus "terms and conditions" page.

No specific mention of "must-be-over-21."

Does anybody know if AIM is placing this condition on ammuition to be fired in rifles?

the naked prophet
December 25, 2007, 06:35 PM
As far as hunting or defensive type ammo, all Wal-Mart carries is the Remington Express Core-Lokt 125 grain soft point ammo. They stopped carrying the Winchester super-x, which in my opinion was the best 7.62x39 hunting load.

December 25, 2007, 09:43 PM
If I recall, AIM surplus does have a policy of having ammunition purchasers being over 21 but if you send in an ID and talk to one of their reps you can get by at 18.
Hope that helps.

December 25, 2007, 11:15 PM
Walmart and Cabela's have the best prices on .308 I've seen, even for surplus right now. I can buy Federal Blue Box .308 150 grain softpoints for $10.97 and $9.97 respectively. Try finding that surplus right now!

December 25, 2007, 11:34 PM
Gander Mtn. carries wolf and/or golden tiger for less than $5 a box of twenty in 7.62x39. Also Big R carries 7.62x39 ammo for cheap.

December 25, 2007, 11:37 PM
Yes, 7.62X39 can be had at most sporting goods stores. I can't say as I have ever looked for it at WalMart.

Yes, you will most likely overpay for it to some degree.

If you can, buy it by the 500 or 1000 round case. It will be cheaper and you won't have to go around buying ammo all the time.

December 25, 2007, 11:42 PM
walmart had Winchester white boxes for 22$

December 25, 2007, 11:52 PM
In my heart of hearts, I believe all ammo will become unaffordable. Not
that long back 308 was milsurp until scarce and everyone went to 223.
Now that is following the same path, and most likely the 7.62x39 is next.
Buy what you can afford of whatever caliber, and plan on reloading. Keep
in mind most of 7.62 x 39 in the unreloadable steel Berdan cases. Even
the brass boxer primed can be a challenge to find coming out of a semi auto!
What quicker way to enforce gun control than not have ammo to fire in one!!!!:cuss:

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