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Old 01-28-2013, 10:51 PM
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Default Future Availability of 5.45x39

I'm currently working on getting all the components for an AK74M build and just recently looking around, Whats the outlook for the 5.45? When will we see the sealed Russian Milsurp show up again? that seemed like the major incentive to get the 5.45 as the cheapest centerfire. It seems like the supply has dried up entirely. Will the prices be like before this mess? Thanks
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:59 PM
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Let me ask my magic 8 ball...Signs point to dont get your hopes up.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:20 AM
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Sorry bud, no one can know for sure. I do know that if it does flood the market again for the old price, I will be dropping a few grand on ammo.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:38 AM
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The big question- what comes next?

If an Exec order bans import of non sporting ammo, who knows what domestic production will happen.

This discussion of an exec order banning import and or an ATF rule change has been discussed before

If we could tell the future, we all would have purchased a lot more of the 1970s surplus when it was $90 for a case delivered.

What's next? Well that is the reason why Glocks are selling on gun broker for $300 over sticker and a $10 play is now $40-$100
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:18 AM
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The former commies would like to sell it, they've gone over to 5.56.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:22 AM
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I'd go over to 7.62x39 or .223. it would be an easier ammo find.
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The former commies would like to sell it, they've gone over to 5.56.
It'd be great if the Russian Army switched to 5.56! Think of all those central planners and ammo factories pouring out 5.56 steel cores that Russia won't ever need!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:04 PM
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It'd be great if the Russian Army switched to 5.56! Think of all those central planners and ammo factories pouring out 5.56 steel cores that Russia won't ever need!
most of the russian ammo isn't steel core... just bijacketed.
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Old 01-31-2013, 3:35 AM
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OK, bijacketed.
As long as they crank it out, cold war style, I'm good.
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Old 01-31-2013, 4:27 AM
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It'd be great if the Russian Army switched to 5.56! Think of all those central planners and ammo factories pouring out 5.56 steel cores that Russia won't ever need!
Why would they switch to an inferior round? The tapered case of the 5.45 contributes to reliability.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:31 AM
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I'm really hoping 5.45 doesn't go the way of steel core 7.62. I have an AK74/47 kit and an SKS for 7.62 but I still would rather have the 5.45 available for the 5.56 like ballistics, better accuracy and cheaper. An added bonus to anything steel case is RO's wont go around stealing my brass as they tend to do with 5.56. I know 5.45 will never be a problem from the supply end as the Russians will sell as long as we have money. I'm just wondering when retailers will have it back in stock again, and if it will be under $200 a can? I feel that a mag limit is a far more likely possibility than an import ban
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The future doesn't look good for this round. When the panic hit I found myself without any 5.45x39mm. Even after putting up calibers like 45acp, boxes of .22lr and some 7.62x54r for trade, I got no takers. Just people looking to buy instead of trade. The only thing I ended up trading was the 7.62x54r. So in total I have 60 rounds but it's better than nothing. I wish I'd stocked up on 5.45x39mm and other com-bloc ammo like 9mm makarov and 7.62x54r. These trade 1:1 with any of the more expensive calibers when ammo is scarce. It sucks paying more than a couple months ago but without ammo guns are nothing but paperweights.
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An ammo importation ban could cut off the cheap surplus stuff and make things suck for a little while but let's be realistic, there's enough demand for 5.45 that domestic manufacturing would pick up to meet that demand. It might not be $.14 a round, but it will be available.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:32 PM
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More and more 5.56 shooters are becoming aware of 5.45 and it's definitely gained a solid foothold, though again, i dont really think there will be an importation ban given the lack of steel core and no AR/AK pistols in that calibers being sold by a manufacturer
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This question has been asked for years. I think the only answer we can be fairly certain of is it won't be $130/1080 like it was before.
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