All 5.45 ammo corrosive?


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Dollar An Hour
November 8, 2008, 05:52 PM
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Is the Silver Bear line of ammo non corrosive? How about Barnaul?

I was under the impression all 5.45 ammo was in fact corrosive which entails a different cleaning regimen than used with non-corrosive ammo.

Price per round has me looking at a rifle in 5.45, but not if it is a PITA to mainitain.

Appreciate your input!

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HorseSoldier
November 8, 2008, 06:01 PM
Assume all 5.45 is corrosive.

Auburn1992
November 8, 2008, 06:04 PM
No, not new manufacture. Only surplus (that I know of)

atblis
November 8, 2008, 06:29 PM
7.62x39 is down to $150/1000
5.45 has inched up to about $125/1080

Not really that big a price difference and the 7.62x39 is non corrosive.

dfariswheel
November 8, 2008, 08:14 PM
All currently available MILITARY surplus 5.45 is corrosive.

All current commercial 5.45 and 7.62 is non-corrosive.

However, with ALL AK ammo, when in any doubt, clean with hot water.
Better safe than sorry.

Dollar An Hour
November 8, 2008, 09:29 PM
Thanks for clearing that up guys.

Now I need to decide whether to stick with ONLY 7.62 for my rifle needs (and thus have only one caliber to stockpile) or to add a rifle in 5.45 or 5.56 as a companion to my 7.62 VZ...

Is there anything the smaller calibers do better?

nalioth
November 8, 2008, 09:38 PM
Is there anything the smaller calibers do better?

1) Let's you carry more per weight

2) Shoots flatter (if you're target shooting).

Prince Yamato
November 8, 2008, 09:48 PM
Internet rumors aside:

All commercial 5.45 is non-corrosive.

All surplus is mildly corrosive.

benEzra
November 8, 2008, 10:50 PM
1) Let's you carry more per weight

2) Shoots flatter (if you're target shooting).
5.45 also recoils much less, which may be a factor if you shoot competitively or if you want a rifle for someone who is very recoil-shy.

I shoot IPSC/USPSA with a 7.62x39mm AK, and my splits are much slower than the 5.56x45mm shooters because the 7.62 AK recoils a lot more from shot to shot (and mine doesn't have a brake).

dfariswheel
November 8, 2008, 11:48 PM
All surplus is mildly corrosive.

Mildly corrosive is like "slightly pregnant".:):)

Big Daddy Grim
November 8, 2008, 11:50 PM
Surplus yes new no

sharkhunter2018
November 9, 2008, 02:03 AM
New stuff isn't, but the surplus sure is. Last time I shot surplus, I didn't clean the gas tube and piston well enough. About two days later it jammed up with rust. A swift kick of the charging handle took care of that. I cleaned it again and it runs fine now.

Gary G23
November 9, 2008, 08:21 AM
"Is the Silver Bear line of ammo non corrosive? How about Barnaul?"

no and no

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