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Bolt-action 5.45x39?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RNB65, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. RNB65

    RNB65 Member

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    I don't know know much about wildcatting. But since 5.45x39 is about the only cheap centerfire ammo available these days, would it be feasible to custom build a barrel chambered in 5.45 and put it on a current production action?

    I'm not looking to spend a lot of money. Just looking for a way to shoot cheap ammo and I was wondering if I could buy a used rifle in .223 or whatnot and get a 5.45 barrel installed.

    Whatcha think?
     
  2. highorder

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    sure, you can.

    but, considering the initial expense to take advantage of "cheaper" ammo, why not load your own cheaper ammo in the caliber of your choice?

    I can't imagine you will find a custom barrel for even the simplest bolt action for less than $200, but you never know. I once saw a rack of Steyr SSG's in 5.45, so barrels do exist somewhere. Ever been to eastern Europe? :)
     
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    I know a couple of local gunsmiths that make custom barrels. But I assume each caliber requires its own specific reamers to cut the chamber and bore? I doubt they would have anything in 5.45. I'm surprised CZ isn't offering a 527 chambered in 5.45.

    I have no interest in reloading. Been there, done that, not going to do it again.
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    There was the East German border guard rifle in 5.45.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    You could, but not cheaply.

    The 5.45x39 is dimensionally different in at least a couple of important places then any other cartridge.

    The case head is bigger then the .223, but smaller then anything else like a .308 size rifle would use. It is also smaller then the 7.62x39 case head, so even the CZ-527 bolt-action in that caliber would not fit.
    So, any commonly available rifles bolt would have to be modified.

    The bullet is not a standard .224 diameter, so commonly available .223 barrel blanks would be drilled & rifled the wrong size.

    Why not just get an AK-74 already made for it?

    rcmodel
     
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    Because I'd like to be able to hit what I'm shootin' at. :D
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    Well, you're not gonna win any bench-rest matches with surplus Com-Block 5.45mm ammo anyway.

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  8. PercyShelley

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    Alexander Arms was making 5.45 barrels for AR-15s for a while, so reamers and blanks must exist somewhere.
     
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    OK, but that really limits your options in any scenerio, driving you in strange directions like building a gun to take advantage of (currently) cheap surplus ammunition.

    YMMV.
     
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    The money you would save over a 223 wouldn't be worth it.
     
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    Your bolt action isnt going to shoot surplus 5.45x39 any better than a nice AK-74 clone in the first place, thats why this is a non-issue.

    A bolt gun in 5.45x39 supports this, its a mildly accurate curiosity, not the hot new thing. If you cant hit it with an SLR-105 and the currently availible ammo in 5.45x39, your not going to be able to hit it with a bolt gun and the same.
     
  12. slzy

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    maybe a handi-rifle?
     
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    Obviously you haven't shot the AK-74. Every bit as accurate as an AR15. These are amazing little rifles.
     
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