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5.45 bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gunnerboy, Sep 21, 2011.

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  1. Gunnerboy

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    so i can find new brass for the 5.45x39 but am having troubles locating bullets in 5.45mm, so does anyone know if anyone makes any ?
     
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    I think it's a .221 but I'm not 100% sure. I'm sure Hornady makes them.
     
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    I understand that the 5.45x39 does use a .221" barrel, so you can take the expensive route and get swaging dies and make your own completed bullets, find someone who makes those bullets, or size down .224" bullets to .221", or consider using Hornady's 40gr .222" bullets made for the 22 Jet cartridge.
    IMO, with the popularity of the Russian round, you would think that someone would produce the proper size and weight bullet, but it may be that the continued low price of the surplus ammo might be the problem, along with the seeming lack of cheap reloadable brass at this time. It's strange that Prvi-Partizan doesn't produce boxer brass for it, they make nearly everything else.



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    prvi partizan has 5.45x39 brass listed under ther componets products thats why i was wondering.
     
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    I went to their site, and indeed they list the brass, but is it boxer primed? I know all their other stuff is boxer primed, I believe, but strangely Hornady has their custom ammo in 5.45x39 with a 60gr V-Max, but it's steel cased, and berdan primed. Is Hornady using a .221" V-Max bullet in the load, or are they stuffing a .224" size V-Max in the load? Who knows without measuring?



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    This is exactly why I sold my Saiga x39 and picked up an AR, so I could reload for it.
     
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