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What's the best AK-47 to buy for your money?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by deALPHAmale, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. deALPHAmale

    deALPHAmale Member

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    I'm looking for a best bang for buck scenario here, I'm looking economy prices, and with the durability of AK's overall, I basically just care that the gun works and can hit a target at 100 yards.
     
  2. sarduy

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    Saiga!

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  3. lvcat2004

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    I would agree with converting your Saiga. Good quality, accurated, CAN be very nice looking with proper painting, etc., and easilty done with drill/dremel.
     
  4. sarduy

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    Thanks

    Yeah i know a conversion is easy, but since i have an AK47 i wanted to keep this as is, i'll drop the skeleton stock and make an AK-Based Designated Marksman Rifle, that's why i favor with the .223 with 20'' barrel


    Saiga Designated Marksman Rifle
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  5. kcmarine

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    Just make sure you've got all of your parts taken care of. Heck, replacing the trigger group in your DMR would make it more accurate, so go for it :D
     
  6. nalioth

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    Must be nice.
     
  7. seanie!

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    Dude, nalioth, we get it. "There's only blah blah blah AK-47s left in the entirety of the United States and no one outside of a select group of blah blah blah has seen them." Calm down man. It's cool that you know all about this gun and you're "the AK-47 elitest guy", but at this point you're not even bringing any relevant conversation to the thread. We're talking about AKSs or whatever you want to call them, but no matter how many people you correct, there's still going to be hundreds more that still call them AK-47s. It's like the AR-15 guys who refer to their rifles as M4s.

    Back on topic, I say go with the Saiga. They're cheap(at least the were before the boom), reliable, and look pretty awesome in the sporterized setup. I've got a non-converted .223 16.3"bbl that I love.

    On another note, sarduy, is that bipod the Leapers one with the swivel stud?
     
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    When you can find a Yugo Underfolder for $649 every once in a while when they pop in I would go that route. Of what's in stock right now, The AMD-65s that AIM has for $549.
     
  9. BhmBill

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    I can't believe the AK knockoffs are going for $600+ minimum.

    My Mak90 wasn't worth $400 when I had it a year ago, I can't understand why they'd be worth $800 now. To each his own I guess.

    Everyone says go for the Saiga if you want a cheaper AK style gun.
     
  10. mordechaianiliewicz

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    Another Saiga vote.

    Problem with AKs is that because they are largely an import+domestic parts product by legislation, it becomes tough to get a good idea of what you are purchasing after a while.

    AKs will only go up in price. Right now the asking price of an SKS is around $450 or so in alot of places. AKs having $600-$800 tags.... sounds about right.

    I don't know what a Saiga will run you right now, but get ready for alot more than the ~$300 tag they were warranting.
     
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    Romanian ak-47 with 75 round drum is a pretty good deal.
     
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    Converted Saiga is going to be the best AK you can have.
     
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    A converted Saiga
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    I like the Saigas too mostly because they're new rifles and have most of the improvements of the AK-10X series. The Yugos are nice too when you can find them.
     
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    either the wasr, but my personal favorite even though a little more expensive would be the yugo's.
     
  17. Gelgoog

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    wasr? ***?

    No sorry, but a WASR is about the worst buy for your money. Its the worst put together AK currently on the market, and its price is the most overinflated. People asking 600+ for an AK that was only a good deal when it was $150. If you buy a wasr in todays outrageous prices, you are a moron.
     
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    The best AK is a romanian wasr bought 2 years ago for $250
     
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    Saiga...
     
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    I would vote saiga also, leave it be, dont need to take it to the chop shop.
     
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    let me put it this way so you can understand what i meant:


    Yeah i know a conversion is easy BUT SINCE I HAVE AN AK47 (ak47 pic bellow)

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    I WANTED TO KEEP THIS (saiga .223) AS IS.
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    hope that helps
     
  22. deALPHAmale

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    What he meant was that it isn't an actual "original" AK-47, it's some kind of clone/alternate type from the Great Mother Kalashnikov. Being very picky over terms, basically.

    Though I have to ask, what brand/manufacturer is the AK on top with the wood grain? I rather like the look of it.
     
  23. nalioth

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    Names are important.

    If you don't think so, try calling your significant other someone else's name when you're having an intimate conversation.
     
  24. deALPHAmale

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    Names may be important, but I'm still not seeing it as a cardinal sin to refer to an "AK-47 style rifle" as simply an "AK-47," call it a nickname if you must, but hounding people over it isn't cool.
     
  25. sarduy

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    the weapon is a romanian ak47 build at RATMIL factory, i have no wooble and the trigger is great and i refinish the woods ;)
     
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