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Old 11-12-2010, 12:06 AM
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Default 7.62x39R Rifle Help!

Hey, I'm looking for a rifle that fires 7.62x39R that won't break the bank. Looking for something $500 or less. Looking for one with a detachable magazine for ease of loading. Only things I've found thus far is the Ruger Mini-30 and several AK variants, and the popular SKS (although the magazine isn't detachable without a tool). I was wondering if there are any other guns out there that fire this cartridge?
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Sure. But not in that price range.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:22 AM
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Well then, what is the most economical one?
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7.62x39R? I'm pretty sure the AK, SKS, and Mini-30 don't fire a rimmed cartridge, but they do fire the 7.62x39

Get an SKS. They can be had for less than $400, and are great rifles. WASR and CASAR AKs might cost around that same price point, but fit, finish, and functionality probably aren't on par with other higher end builders. If you want to keep the detachable magazine feature on the AK rifles, you'll need to go featureless, a la Saiga (stock config), or a MMG grip. With the SKS you don't need to worry about a bullet or anything, since it really does have a fixed magazine and loads via stripper clip.
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SKS will be the least expensive $300+/-. Next would be a WASR (AK style rifle) $500-600, then maybe a budget build AR in 'x39' $700-800. Mini 30 will be anywhere from $600 to $800.
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Valkyrie Arms in Milpitas has WASR's close to your price point.
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Are stripper clips for the SKS easily available?
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Are stripper clips for the SKS easily available?
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+1 for SKS or a Saiga

I personally like Saigas a lot but nothing wrong with an SKS. I've got the Saiga .308 and its a LOT of fun
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I think your confusing 7.62x54r (Mosin Nagant, PSL) with 7.62x39 (SKS, AK, Mini 30). I'm unaware of any 7.62x39r cartridge out there.

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Are stripper clips for the SKS easily available?
At first, it's a little awkward, but you get the hang of it super quick! The nice thing about stripper clips is you get 20 for like $4 bucks. Decent AR mags run about $15-20. My 1911 colt mags cost about $30 (WHY?! Thy're don't even take up that much material lol). Plus if you lose them, you can still load the gun by hand. If you lose the mag to your AR/AK/Mini 30, we'll you're gun now a glorified breach loading rifle lol.

My only complaint about stripper clips is sometimes the tenth round falls off the clip when I carry them in my bag/holder, but it's not a big deal.

I love my SKS, it's my favorite gun. Utterly reliable, and accurate. It's built like a tank too! If the zombies start comin, thats gonna be the gun I grab, along with my 1911, I'll be ready for anything!
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SKS ftw!

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SKS cant wait to get one either.
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The point everyone is trying to make is that unless you have a 20 or 30 round magazine, reloading a removable ten rounder, as you get with a Saiga or anything else in this state, isn't any easier or faster than using strippers in a SKS. If the laws ever change, there are removable setups for SKS now that will accomodate removable mags. Saigas ARE very nice rifles, as are SKS, other than worn out Yugos with gas valve issues.
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Saiga 7.62. Featureless AK that allows you to have detachable mags
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If you can find a used one, Remington and Ruger made a bolt rifle for the 7.62x39 and currently CZ makes one - they're tack drivers!

A used Mini 30 can be had 4 ~ 5 hundred and they can be inexpensively accurized by retorquing the gas block, no cost actually. Trigger job is $60.

Good luck, it's a great round.
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Hey now. The yugos can be fixed with a $25 part. You can reload an SKS faster than swapping magazines with practice. But if you want something with a detachable magazine, a saigs is SO the way to go. If you have any old AK 30 round mags, you can use them legally in the stock configuration.
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Awsome rifle. I have one! $349
http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct782.aspx
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+1 for Saiga.
I think its the best bang for your buck. You get a new rifle for the price you're looking for. Plus you have the option of converting it with all sorts of tacticool stuff later (if you wanted to) when funds become available
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+1 for the Saiga. Shoot out of the box for now and then modify as funds become available. The things are bullet proof. If, I had purchased my AR style rifle first, I would have never purchased a 7.62x39 rifle. I would have missed out on a whole different world.

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Alright, thanks for your posts guys!
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Saiga or Wasr.
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A stock Saiga will allow for detachable mags, and is totally awesome to boot.

Later if you ever want to go pistol grip it is an afternoon's worth of work and you then go fixed mag, but that's up to personal choice.
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Inexpensive 7.62x39mm rifle? AK, Saiga or SKS.
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or if you meant 7.62x54r then you need a Mosin or an SVT-40 :]
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Also you can get an SKS for $300 or a WASR (akm) for $450.

You can get an FFL03 for $30 and have the SKS shipped to your door

You can get the WASR transferred for about $50 if you look around for FFLs with reasonable fees.

Both will probably be about $25 shipping.

SKS $355

WASR $525

Or you can look in the for sale section and find some great deals and only pay $35 PPT and avoid shipping.
I recommend this option.
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I have a CZ 527 carbine in 7.62x39... 5rd detachable mag, bolt action, 16.5" barrel. It is a nice little hunting rifle. Very light, short, accurate and won't break the bank. I'd buy it again.
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