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All 5.45 ammo corrosive?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dollar An Hour, Nov 8, 2008.

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  1. Dollar An Hour

    Dollar An Hour Member

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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!
     
  2. HorseSoldier

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    Assume all 5.45 is corrosive.
     
  3. Auburn1992

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    No, not new manufacture. Only surplus (that I know of)
     
  4. atblis

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    Well

    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.
     
  5. dfariswheel

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    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.
     
  6. Dollar An Hour

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    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?
     
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    1) Let's you carry more per weight

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

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    Internet rumors aside:

    All commercial 5.45 is non-corrosive.

    All surplus is mildly corrosive.
     
  9. benEzra

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    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).
     
  10. dfariswheel

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    All surplus is mildly corrosive.

    Mildly corrosive is like "slightly pregnant".:):)
     
  11. Big Daddy Grim

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    Surplus yes new no
     
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    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.
     
  13. Gary G23

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    "Is the Silver Bear line of ammo non corrosive? How about Barnaul?"

    no and no
     
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