Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JCooperfan1911, Jul 4, 2021.
I have one, never loved it. It’s heavy, aftermarket is limited. Barrel is threaded 15x1. Also the mag well is really really tight, only AK Pmags work reliably. Surplus metal mags get stuck. That being said, it is wonderful suppressed.
The AR pistols are where it is at, especially when they are half the cost of an Ak and 1/3 or 1/4 the cost of a PTR. You can build and reconfigure them however you want. If the pistols/ braces are banned you can still reuse almost everything. That’s the beauty of the AR platform. Or you can just get one of the old round padded buffers from before braces were a thing.
I also have a 190-series Mini-30 ranch rifle. To this gun I’ve added a Wolff extra power hammer spring and use Ruger mags. This gun, too has been 100 pct reliable for me.
Both guns have a little bit more thump at the buttplate when compared to their 5.56 rifle counterparts, but it’s not so much more that they’re uncontrollable in rapid fire if you choose to spray bullets. Accuracy isn’t match grade with either gun, but both would be fine for hog-deer hunting to 150-200 yards if I did my part with hunting ammo.
Either one would be a fun way for you to reduce some of that ammo stash, but if I had to choose I’d go with the AR strictly due to the better initial ergonomics and the levels of customization possible.
When (if?) you choose a 7.62x39, let us know how it shoots for you when you get a chance to bring it out .
But PSA prices have jumped up quite a bit as well, not the bargain they used to be.
I do have a Bear Creek Armory 6.6Grendel upper for shooting steel case ammo. If their 7.62x39 uppers are as good, that’s what I’d get for a budget blaster.
beyond an SKS an AR is probably gonna be the next cheapest option. VZ58s start over a grand, as will a new Mini-30. A Ruger American Ranch bolt action in 7.62x39 is another option, but they are hard to come by, and msrp just jumped to $640. If that floats your boat, but you don’t want to run Mini-30 mags, Ruger sells the AR magwell insert as a kit (if you already own a Ranch and provide the s/n) so you can run 7.62x39 AR mags.
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