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GoingPro
09-26-2009, 1:39 AM
I was just curious to what caliber you guys prefer...and why. thanks!

technique
09-26-2009, 1:41 AM
5.45

Because I like the AKS74U....its dope!

Jax Smirking Revenge
09-26-2009, 1:48 AM
For me, my AK is my SHTF rifle. I want the punch of the heavier round. The price per round is nearly the same so besides the "I have something different" factor, or the smaller framed person that wants less recoil, I say go for 7.62.

Major Pal
09-26-2009, 1:50 AM
7.62 nice put down power, easy to find ammo.

marxdspot
09-26-2009, 3:30 AM
Can't go too far for a range that'll take steal core ammo. I don't know of any 5.45 ammo that you can use that's non-steel/magnetic, other than reloads. So, 7.62 gets my vote.

AlliedArmory
09-26-2009, 3:33 AM
7.62 all the way. not much recoil at all, so don't see the need for 5.45. 7.62 is much easier to find

unclejesse
09-26-2009, 6:20 AM
762!!!

BHPFan
09-26-2009, 6:43 AM
7.62 for me.

All the above calgunners pretty much summed up my reasons to choose it.

Nikola
09-26-2009, 7:01 AM
No worries about magnetic ammo here :p

And surplus 5.45 by the crate is really just wonderful.

tenbrook
09-26-2009, 7:33 AM
I think 7.62 is the answer in semi-auto form. In full auto 5.45 would be the way to go.......I think?

glockwise2000
09-26-2009, 7:45 AM
762 This is the original caliber where AK was built from.

SJgunguy24
09-26-2009, 7:47 AM
7.62X39.

cal_ar_shooter
09-26-2009, 9:08 AM
7.62X39.

Most of it is noncorrosive and it kicks ***....

KAVEMAN762
09-26-2009, 9:26 AM
7.62x39 for the AK. If you want something along the lines of the 5.45x39, I would rather do 5.56x45.....

hlcarbine
09-26-2009, 9:31 AM
the ak-47
when you have to absolutely and positively have to kill every MF in the room accept no substitutes.

7.63x39

Standard
09-26-2009, 9:40 AM
For me, my AK is my SHTF rifle. I want the punch of the heavier round. The price per round is nearly the same so besides the "I have something different" factor, or the smaller framed person that wants less recoil, I say go for 7.62.

Isn't 5.45 about half the price of 7.62?
I don't have anything in 7.62, so I'm not sure, but I get 5.45 for a little less than 15 cents per round.

Quiet
09-26-2009, 4:51 PM
I like the original, 7.62x39mm.

However, the 5.45x39mm appeals to me because it's so inexpensive.

1988
09-26-2009, 5:15 PM
I was just curious to what caliber you guys prefer...and why. thanks!

Both ....

7.62x39 for up close works, and 5.45x39 for a bit further out.

Ruiner
09-26-2009, 5:16 PM
Is this a SHTF gun? If so, 7.62. If its more of a range toy then 5.45. But In the true spirit of enthusiasts, GET BOTH (I did) :D

(This is based on the cost / availiability of ammo ATM)

EBR Works
09-26-2009, 5:21 PM
No ranges here in SoCal will allow magnetic ammo. There is no 5.45 non-magnetic ammo available and there is no brass available to reload it with non-magnetic projectiles. For me, 7.62 is the only choice.

Jpach
09-26-2009, 5:51 PM
I really like 5.45x39. There is almost no recoil, the terminal ballistics are better at virtually all ranges than the 7.62x39, its cheap, and just cool. I shot a rabbit with 7.62x39 and it just seemed to go in and out real quick and the rabbit didnt die too quickly. I need to test 7.62 on more bunnies.

I shot many others with the 5.45x39 (up to 200yds) and they all went pretty quick except for 1 invincible bunny. .223 FMJ kills them faster than both the 5.45 and 7.62. They explode, even with regular FMJ.

CSACANNONEER
09-26-2009, 5:58 PM
Well, I've got a Saiga in 7.62x39, 9 (soon to be 10)more AKs in 7.62x39 and a WASR22. I said "other". Can you tell which one is the most fun to shoot?