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reloader 75
10-27-2010, 10:49 AM
Hi everybody, I'm a newbie here, but I've been hunting and shooting for over 30 years ( but never often enough!). Now that I finally understand how to build a legal AR, thanks to this forum (I live in Northern CA), I want to get to it, but I'm not sure I want one in 5.56. I think I might rather want to build one in 7.62x39. I know some of you gurus must have some thoughts or experience with this. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

KaLiFORNIA
10-27-2010, 11:18 AM
I have a LR308 (ar308)...... no subsitute for horsepower. shoots great

KCDS
10-27-2010, 12:24 PM
good AR mags for 7.62x39 are hard to come across

civilsnake
10-27-2010, 12:24 PM
It's doable, but from what I've heard there have been issues getting the feeding to be as reliable as some of the other common cartridges. If you want to stick with a standard AR-15 lower, you could give 6.5 Grendel or 6.8SPC a shot. Similar projectile size, better ballistics, reliable feeding. The ammunition costs a good deal more than 7.62x39, but if it's for hunting and not blasting it won't hurt so much. And you'll feel much better about taking longer shots with 6.5. There's a reason 7.62x39 was phased out by the Ruskies in favor of 5.45x39.

Alternatively, you could build a .308 AR if you want to get serious about hunting larger animals. Or off of a 308 platform you could go with any number of common hunting cartridges.

Exposed
10-27-2010, 12:46 PM
Everything above is fud. I own a 7.62x39 AR and love it. You can use your standard AR lower without modification. All you need is a 7.62x39 upper with BCG and, once upon a time 7.62x39 mags were hard to come by and not very good, however, recently, Cproducts have corrected that problem and make very reliable 10 and 30 round mags. 7.62x39 Cproduct mags can be bought from 44mag.com, amongst other places.

civilsnake
10-27-2010, 12:52 PM
Everything above is fud.

If I'm wrong I'm wrong. That's fine, it's happened once before :D

But could we please stop using "fud" for every little thing we disagree with?

FUD=Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt, as used by gun store owners, police, and general worriers. I have a FUD-free record, and I'd like to keep it that way ;)

Exposed
10-27-2010, 1:00 PM
Actually, civilsnake, you ARE actually right about 6.5 and 6.8 having superior ballistics than the 7.62x39. So, I guess you're not all that wrong. However, if you plan on shooting the 7.62x39 between 100-400 yards, you will be good to go. The other plus to the AR platform as opposed to the AK platform is that the AR platform maximizes the capability of the 7.62x39 round. (Again, I agree, still not as good as 6.5 or 6.8, but, half the price = twice the fun)

SammyL
10-27-2010, 1:44 PM
I agree with Exposed. After shooting his 7.62x39 at Burro Canyon this past July. I quickly bought everything I needed and put together my very own 7.62x39 within a weeks time. I had all my components before my lower receiver even was out of jail. Hahahaha. I absolutely love my AR. I put together my entire rifle in the neighborhood of $850. I shot my AR last month at Burro and it functioned perfectly without a hiccup. No FTF or FTE. I got the magazines Exposed is talking about from cproducts, thanks to him showing me 44mag site, those work perfectly fine also.

7.62 Charlie
10-27-2010, 1:56 PM
450 bushmaster maybe? It's supposed to be good within 250 yards.

reloader 75
10-28-2010, 1:47 PM
Thanks for the input guys! Someone else mentioned the magazine issue to me, now I know where to get the right ones. I have enough hunting rifles (don't tell my wife), this one is more for fun and protection, so I wanted to keep the ammo price low.

coyote43g
10-28-2010, 2:15 PM
I'm putting together an AR-10. Will look like an AR but will shoot a .308

good luck with the build!

paradox
10-28-2010, 2:20 PM
There is also the new .30 remington AR cartridge:

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/centerfire/30-remington-ar/30-remington-ar.aspx

paradox
10-28-2010, 2:25 PM
There is also the new .30 remington AR cartridge:

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/centerfire/30-remington-ar/30-remington-ar.aspx

Capt. Speirs
10-28-2010, 8:17 PM
good AR mags for 7.62x39 are hard to come across

We have them in stock.