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.223 or 7.62x39 for 1st time buyer?

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

  1. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    The AR is a better rifle - more parts and magazines available, less prone to break, and the ammo is easier and cheaper to find (other than some imported crap). The 7.62x39 will only be better if you are going to deer hunt with it and, considering the accuracy of Ruger Mini-30's, I wouldn't..
  2. Hamrhed

    Hamrhed AKs & Glocks

    Feb 9, 2008
    Wow- two out of three bad lol...

    Ill take an AK over an AR any day, especially for the reliability and ammo availability ;)
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013

  3. JRSP


    Oct 22, 2012
    South Florida
    What are you talking about? Ammo availability?
    Haven't added 7.62X39 yet and sold out everywhere.

    There is actually more of the 223/5.56 available than the 308/7.62x51 or 7.62X39. Just these retailers are gouging the crap out of their prices.

    As for the availability, yes across seas you may see it more available since everyone else in the world is using 7.62X39 but availability here to buy, the 5.56 seems more available.


    As for reliability, they both are reliable. Just both have their own special needs and limitations. If you want to spray and pray, take the AK. If you want accuracy, AR.

    It's nice to have an all American rifle and a lot of the parts are manufactured right here in America.

    I have to say that the AK is a great weapon, just not for me. I'd rather have accuracy, reason why I recommend the Remington 700. Carrying less rounds means accuracy is important.

    5.56 you can carry more rounds and magazines on ones person rather than half the amount going with the 7.62x51/7.62X39 unless you are built like Arnold.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  4. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Maybe where you are at but not where I am at. Local shops got in and kept in stock 7.62x39 far better than .223 or 5.56. The .223/5.56 sells out first. My local Cabelas had around 10k rounds of 7.62x39 on the shelf when there was no .223/5.56. It was $5.99-$6.49 per20 in Jan but has since went up some. Had me thinking I need to pick up a 7.62x39 upper for my AR just in case.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  5. JRSP


    Oct 22, 2012
    South Florida
    I guess we can't argue location in the USA :). As for availability, the 7.62x39 will be more available as I had mentioned since the entire world uses AK's. I do like the ability to carry more rounds.

    Just the ridiculous price of these rifle rounds just suck. I was happy when I got 200 green tips for .60 cents each... Now they are over $1.00 per round? Crazy.
  6. fepowered


    Mar 31, 2013
    N/E Wisconsin
    Cabelas, Gander Mountain and local stores have had a steady flow of 7.62x39 at around $.40/round. The cost of AK based rifles is still a fraction of AR based rifles. I would recommend that a first time buyer go with 7.62x39. Few people regularly shoot over 300 yards and any AK will shoot decent out to that range. Any AK is accurate enough to hunt deer at 200+ yards. The round has similar ballistics to a .30-30.
  7. GeneralSnafu


    Jan 15, 2009
    I don't know. The least expensive .223 ammo shown on ArmsBot was at .72 / round. I can still buy 7.62X39 all day long right now for .30 to .35 per round. Of course you need to add freight to both.
  8. JRSP


    Oct 22, 2012
    South Florida
    I guess I'm wrong. Well I do agree that the AK47 are usually cheaper to buy. It's probably bc they are usually manufactured in other countries. Building your own AR15 is fun though if your a hobbyist. Plus I try my best to buy US made stuff.