Has anybody ever made/converted a 5.45 SKS?


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shotgunjoel
July 10, 2010, 04:58 AM
Has anyone here built/bought an SKS chambered/rechambered for 5.45, or ever heard of it being done? I think that it would be kinda cool to have the ballistics of the 5.45 in an SKS platform. Seems like it wouldn't be hard to do, and you'd think that somebody would have tried it when they were crazy cheep. Just curious.

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ccsniper
July 10, 2010, 05:00 AM
I don't know about 5.45 but I do know that five sks's in 5.56 were imported right before the norinco ban went in. They sell for A BUTTLOAD when they do go up for sale (like never). I have asked the same question before and in order to do it would most likely destroy the rifle.

shotgunjoel
July 10, 2010, 05:10 AM
five sks's in 5.56 were imported right before the norinco ban went in. Awesome!
Why, the cartridges are pretty similar, and other rifles are rechambered often.

50caliber123
July 10, 2010, 06:15 AM
Still need a smaller diameter barrel. 7.62x39 > 5.45x39

CornCod
July 10, 2010, 01:42 PM
While I am sure a 5.45 SKS would be OK, an unconverted Saiga 5.45 would fill such a role quite effectively as would a post-ban single-stack WASR AK.

shotgunjoel
July 10, 2010, 08:51 PM
Still need a smaller diameter barrel. 7.62x39 > 5.45x39
New barrel? Bore it out and put in a smaller sleeve?

While I am sure a 5.45 SKS would be OK, an unconverted Saiga 5.45 would fill such a role quite effectively as would a post-ban single-stack WASR AK.
That would be far too practical. Part of the fun of it would be that it's unique.

fireman 9731
July 11, 2010, 02:34 AM
I'd say a new barrel would be easier than boring it out and installing a sleeve. Heck you might even be able to use an AK-74 barrel.

Sam1911
July 11, 2010, 09:52 AM
I may be slightly misremembering, but as I recall back in the days of really cheap SKSs ($89 Norincos) most shooters had never heard of 5.45x39. While pretty massively popular now, AK-74s and such have only recently (last 10 years or so) flooded the scene.

This would be a lot of work, and might not run at all without springs and bolt/carrier weight adjustments, etc. Might, might not.

If you ever do it, post pics and range reports.

shotgunjoel
July 13, 2010, 12:21 AM
Sam that makes sense, never thought of that. But even 4-6 years ago SKS's were still pretty cheap, and wasn't 5.45 around by then?

Sam1911
July 13, 2010, 07:54 AM
Oh sure. And you're right -- 5-6 years ago I remember seeing Yugo SKSs under $100 still, so there is some overlap there. But by then (after sunset of the AWB, too) it wasn't hard to find a good -74 for pretty cheap, either, so probalby little interest in all the work to convert an SKS.

Sure wouldn't recoil much! Lot of weight for that little cartridge.

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
July 13, 2010, 08:21 AM
Has anyone here built/bought an SKS chambered/rechambered for 5.45

That is probably a good question for the gun builder type sites like gunco.net or others.
Those guys have built some truly bizarre stuff.

shotgunjoel
July 14, 2010, 11:05 PM
This might be a fun project if I ever come across an SKS with a bad barrel.

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