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Any down sides to a 7.62x39 AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ObsceneJesster, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    I have two build in currently working on and I'm really thinking about doing one of them in 7.62. The ammo right now is easier to find and I thoroughly enjoy shooting 7.62.

    I have never shot a AR in 7.62 so I don't know how reliable/accurate they are. Also, would the be any problem shooting steal cased mitary surplus ammo through it?

    I'm basically just looking for opinions and things to look out for if I decide to do this.

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  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Mags are- or were, at least- harder to find.

    Some folks say "US ammo for US gun; steel ammo for Commie guns", but with even quality US makers like Hornady producing steel-cased ammo now, that doesn't seem like a major issue.

  3. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Depending on your hammer/hammer spring, you may get light strikes with imported ammo. Probably want a GI hammer spring or Wolff extra power one.

    I hear mags can be iffy for feeding? Anyone with comment on that?
  4. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Convential wisdom is the mags have reliability issues although some claim there are reliable ones out there. The best configuraiton i've seen is the Rock River AR lower that takes AK mags. Unfortunatley i don't think they're selling the lowers individually.
  5. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    7.62x39 is for AKs. Why put yourself through the drama of mag problems, ammo problems and reliability problems when you don't have to?
  6. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    When 7.62 M43 AR first came out folks used standard unmodified magazines in them but only loaded to half capacity of 5.56 NATO though. Do the newer ones and conversions not work with half loaded standard mags, or have folks just assumed they won't?

  7. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    I am only even thinking about this because I can't find the .223 or .556 to shoot my current rifles. Why would I want another that I can't shoot? It could be over a year before the ammo starts coming back to the shelves.
  8. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    I was commenting to someone the other day while looking at the mostly bare ammo shelves that it's too bad they don't have AR uppers in .243.
  9. trueg50

    trueg50 Well-Known Member

    What are you using it for?

    If you like the price, then why not go 5.45x39?
  10. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    In addition to what's been mentioned, they tend to have feeding issues, related to the shape of the cartridge.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  11. M1key

    M1key Well-Known Member

    ASC LLC 5, 10, 30 round mags work fine

    I love my AR carbine. I can shoot anything through it, although I have committed to brass-cased ammo only now, since I have plenty and piles of IMI brass.:cool:

    I usually get 1 MOA with the right loads...


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  12. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I'm a purest : tapered cased for Commie awesomeness, straight walled for the Stoner job.

    That's just me, though.
  13. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    If you want a gun with 30-30 performance then get a Marlin or Winchester in 30-30. They are great brush guns and I kill deer with them regularly. If you want .308 performance in an AR then get an AR10 or variant. I kill deer with one of them too. ARs were originally made in .308 and .223. They didn't design then in 7.62x39 for a reason. But its your gun. Do what you want.
  14. navystang

    navystang Well-Known Member

    I say build it, I am. i dont care to load 30 rounds and go running through the desert shooting at targets. most of my shooting is don in a hunting blind at a little less than one hundred yards. and in my opinion 223 is just not big enough for some of the axis around here.
  15. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    OK. I'm not saying you're wrong. But the last time I looked, x39 ammo was harder to find and priced crazy too.
  16. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    Not around my way. I can walk into any shop and get Wolf or Tula for $7 a box. Maybe not a lot of AK/SKS owners in my area.
  17. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    Then in that case, I understand your desire here!
    I say go for it then and good luck sir.
  18. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    Rethinking this. If I do go this route, I will most likely go with 5.45x39. I've read very good things regarding uppers configured for this round. It also seems that normal AR mags work good with this round. Currently you can get 5.45x39 for .23 cents a round. Anyone else think this is still a bad idea?
  19. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    64 gr Power points, 60 gr. Partition, and 55 gr. Barnes Vor Tx beg to differ.
  20. M1key

    M1key Well-Known Member

    IMO, not a good idea if you're gonna shoot corrosive ammo. I would stick with commercial stuff.


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