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.223 or 7.62x39 for 1st time buyer?

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by Texanmile, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Texanmile


    Mar 28, 2011
    I don't know much about semi-autos, but between an AR-15 platform .223 or a Mini-30, which one would be better? My two concerns are:

    Which ammo is cheaper?
    Which ammo is easier to get?
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    .223 and 7.62x39 is hard to find right now.


  3. mgentry


    Nov 21, 2010
    Right now, those two calibers are selling for almost the same price - if you can find them at all. You didn't mention what you will use this weapon for and that can help determine which caliber would be best. Good luck!
  4. garjc90


    Jan 12, 2012
    223 and 7.62 have gone up on my town. That's if you find any like at sportsmans warehouse or Wally World. If you go to some LGS. Their prices are double what they used to be. Used to be able to get some cheap 7.62. Usually 20 rounds I think for like $5. Now $10-15. And 223 was $7.99 for 20. Now also $10-25 per box. It sucks man :(
  5. G23c


    Jan 23, 2009
    houston, texas
    Here in Houston, easier to find x39. a little bit cheaper, but not by much.
  6. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    These days it's close to a wash.
    The kicker is that I've read the Mini-30 will not reliably run on standard AK ammo. And requires high end domestic stuff.
    If you want to run inexpensive imported 7.62x39 ammo? Get an AK.
    I would go with a Mini-14 before a Mini-30.

    BTW, Although some will call it blasphemy,
    there are AKs that are chambered to run 5.56/.223 domestic ammo.
    I've got a Arsenal SLR-106U 5.56 AK that eats anything & runs like butter.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  7. zhix


    Jan 31, 2010
    My Mini 30 prefers US made brass case ammo, which costs about twice as much maybe more.

    At pre panic prices 7.62x39 was about $4.25-$5 for steel case and last time I had to buy brass case was $10-$13. US brass case 223 was $7-$8 (20rds per box)
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  8. HWI


    Jun 7, 2012
    Totally depends on your area.
    In my area the availability is about the same, but for the most part 7.62x39 is a little cheaper.

    Between the Mini-30 and the AR I would without hesitation get the AR.

    BTW, why is this in the AK forum?
  9. 7.62 is still a whole lot cheaper in my area. It can be had from as low as $5 a box at Walmart and the LGSs and cabellas charge $7.5 a box. Most places have it but limit you to 3-5 boxes at a time.

    5.56 isn't in stock anywhere reliably. When it is its anywhere from $15-$40 per box.

    Also, there are some overseas sources of brass cases 7.62 x 39. For example a couple of years ago I bought a few thousand rounds of Ficholi (sp?) Because I was taking a tactical rifle course that didn't allow steel cased ammo. It was great ammo, every bit as good as us made but less than half the cost. It was more than steel cased, but not too much more.

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  10. Piolin


    Jun 30, 2007
  11. JRSP


    Oct 22, 2012
    South Florida
    Go with the 5.56 AR-15 so you can shoot both the .223 and 5.56. Make sure the barrel is stamped 5.56...
  12. Personally I'd say go for the AR. If you want an AK get it in 7.62x39.
  13. I do agree you should use the rifle designed around the cartridge you want to shoot.

    If you want 5.56 an AR is the way to go. Sure there are AKs chambered for it, but they are expensive and so are magazines. The price difference isn't far from an AR anyway.

    If you want an AK, to me it should be either 7.62 or 5.45, that's it.
  14. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    In my area and even on the net I am seeing more 7.62x39. Local shops and cabelas had a large amount of 7.62x39 but little to no .223 or 5.56. Local shops are starting to get more .223 in but 7.62x39 is still easier to find and stays in stock longer. the x39 also did not go up as much in price. I am thinking of picking up a 7.62x39 upper.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  15. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
  16. tnstaafl


    Jun 12, 2007
    I personally enjoy the AK (and SKS) platform more than the AR platform - and I am able to get enough steel cased 7.62 ammo to shhot regularly relatively easily with a little bit of effort at my local Academy and AIM Surplus.

    My Olympic Arms AR is chambered for 7.62 - it's a nice gun, but the manufacturer recommends the more expensive brass cased ammo - so I dont shoot it hardly at all any more. I had some of that brass-cased Yugo surplus 7.62, but it was mildly corrosive so I had to clean the gun immediately after firing it - which I don't have to do with the AKs - and they like the steel cased stuff just fine.
  17. HWI


    Jun 7, 2012
    Why are you guys talking about the AK? It wasn't even one of the considerations in the OP. lol

    Still not sure why it is in this forum.
  18. tnstaafl


    Jun 12, 2007
    Probably because it's an AK forum and the Mini-30 shoots 7.62x39.
  19. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    I have had a Colt AR-15 for years and a Norinco AK-47 for even longer. To me, they are just different tools for different jobs. The AR (non-piston) is more finiky about not being oiled and geting carbon, dirt and debris. But, it will put that little round *5.56m/.223) accurately down range for several hundred meters.

    The AK-47 can take all sorts of a lickin' and keep on tickin'. It is a larger round, but the accuracy and distance is not the same as the AR-15 (5.56m)

    Different tools for jobs.

    Whatever flavor you are into and what you can afford.
  20. JRSP


    Oct 22, 2012
    South Florida
    ^ What he said. :)

    AK-47 is rugged and can take a good beating due to the lose tolerance however not as accurate as the AR-15 which has a tighter tolerance. If you want an accurate .308, get a Remington 700 bolt action, talk about a great sniper rifle. I would get a Rem 700 over an AK-47 but keep my AR-15, if I had only one choice, would be my Colt AR-15.

    Can shoot accurately long distance (placement is key), put food on the table, and carry twice the amount of ammo on one's person. Plus more replacement parts, upgrades, etc. more versatile really. Makes sense why it's become the modern day rifle.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013