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Ak47 or Ak74? Which do you prefer?

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by rtl, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. rtl

    rtl Robby The Guy Millennium Member

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    I choose the 74. i love it's light weight, low recoil, and quickness. the 47 is too heavy by comparison and follow up shots are too slow. that's too much of a trade off for the advantages of the heavier caliber, IMO.
     
  2. Jon_R

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    I just made that decision and went with one in 7.62x39 (47 Clone). I have not shot it yet its weight empty is very light maybe that will change when I get a chance to shoot it and put a loaded mag in it. Then again I also take my M1 Garand out for some shooting so weight is all relative. In the end I went with ak-47 since it is more traditional same reason my Garand is not shooting .308. I also already have an SKS so it would not add a new caliber to my collection.

    It does mean I won't get a ak-74 soon. I like the idea / concept of the 74 rifle. You can always have more. :) A 74 with all polymer furniture to go with the 47 with traditional wood.
     

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    I like my 74, polish tantal, but would like to get an arsenal 74 and try owning a 47 as well.
     
  4. MisterPX

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    I went 74 strickly due to ammo costs. For what I've shot, my first two 74's are free.
     
  5. PlasticGuy

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    There's certainly nothing wrong with the 5.45 cartridge, and ammo savings are significant. I do prefer the extra power and penetration of the 7.62x39 though. It's worth a little extra money and a little extra recoil to me.
     
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    nobody thinks youre a psycho if you own an AK74
    I chose the 47.

    No I just chose it cause its more of a classic than the 74 and has more kick
     
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    Neither. I choose the AK103 7.62x39 punches through steel thickness that 5.45 nor 5.56 can not pass through. I don't even feel the recoil pulse. 7.62x39 is also far more terminally effective against people or animals once you get past the FMJ BS that military conventions requires of governments. See shots 3 and 4 Try blowing water juggs at this magniture with 5.56 or 5.45
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzCnST-HQbc&feature=player_embedded
     
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    I bought a WASR first with wood furniture for the classic AK look, then Friday I did a 5.45 Saiga conversion, which basically is a 74 without a muzzle attachment. I kept the front plastic front hand guard, put a wire folder and modern scope on it. It is super cheap to shoot.

    I put both of them on a scale, without magazines and the WASR was only 0.1 lb heavier than my Saiga conversion with a scope and mount. I guess i could take off a 3/4 of a pound for the scope and mount on the Saiga.
     
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    I'm a .30 guy, I have no use for the SCHV rounds. I feel they are inferior stoppers, recoil from a 7.62x39 isn't an issue at least for me, mags are aplenty and ammo thankfully abounds gain. 5.45 is kind of an oddball for me, it may be effective but I'll stick with my 7.62.
     
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    the 7.62 may penetrate armor and concrete better, but the 5.45 will make a bigger hole in tissue. It tumbles after about 2 inches of hitting something soft like paper/wood/flesh whereas the 7.62 stays straight until 8 or 10 inches and by that time it's already gone through a body. Lots of the afghans were surviving 7.62 wounds cause the bullet came out just like it went in. a 5.45 coming out sideways is a different story and was nicknamed 'the poison bullet' for that reason.
     
  11. Asmodeus6

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    I only own 7.62 AK's so I have to say 47. But I would really like to move into a 5.45 AK soon. Mainly due to cost and the fact I don't have one.

    I like the extra punching power of the traditional AK47 which is what drew me to them years ago. If I had to start from scratch 'today' I would probably buy a Bulgarian 5.45 AK.

    In plum.
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    That only holds with FMJ versus soft tissue. Hollow points/softpoints that fragment or violently expand change the that entirely. In the video link I posted above only the first jugg is hit with 7.62x39 FMJ and is virtually uneffected. The 3rd is hit with a 7.62x39 8m3 bullet that fragments very effectively and the 4th with a 7.62x39 vmax.
     
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    Exactly. 8m3 does insane damage to soft materials. Sometimes it will even fragment and the pieces will continue hauling through the target to go find some trouble of their own.

    This is the beauty of using a round that is nearly 3x the weight of 5.45 or 5.56. Mass. Even the pieces usually come out large enough to wound or kill whatever is behind the first target.

    I hang onto a little FMJ, but the majority of my stock pile is 8m3. It's not as good as the Vmax, but cost vs benefit it holds the highest ratio.



    The largest draw of the 5.45 is that it can still be had for $.13c a round. 7.62 is nearly twice the cost or more. It's still fairly accurate, and effective. But I can shoot more of it if I was just 'starting' today, for less.
     
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    Not to hijack the thread but this could be interesting reading. Link.
    http://forums.second-amendment.org/index.php?topic=636.0
     
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    47 - it's just the ideal combat round. Perfect balance of power and size. More umph than the 5.45/5.56, less kaboom than the long range 7.62x51/54.
     
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    So you rely on a wounding mechanism that may/may not actually work when you need it? Tumbling/fragmentation may or may not happen, with the 7.62 at least I'm punching an almost 1/3" hole through my target. Sorry but SCHV is total joke to me, the 5.45 seems to work better than the 556. I've personally seen the 223/556 fail on stuff as small as groundhogs, so I'd have ZERO faith in it to protect myh loved ones. Just my opinion.
     
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    I've never had to rely on any gun to protect myself or my family but I'm sure the 5.45 would work. I've performed my own experiments testing the tumbling nature of the 5.45 and observed exactly what I've read. Within an inch of penetrating soft tissue, the 5.45 bullet has begun to yaw, and after 3 inches it has almost gone completely sideways. I did the same experiment with my WASR and it took almost 10" for the bullet to turn. You might be leaving a 1/3" hole in something, but a 5.45 going sideways is definitely going to do more damage. I have both calibers FTW, along with my Garand which will surely take down the most durable zombie.

    The 7.62 and 5.45 are within 200 fps of each other although the 7.62 has about 500 ft*lbs more energy.
     
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    Those water jugs don't prove anything other than big splashes capture people's attn like shiny objects. there's nothing to look at and examine afterward.

    Go get about a foot worth of paper and shoot both into it. the 7.62 will penetrate deeper, but the 5.45 will spin in the first few inches and start shredding sooner.
     
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    both are good, just putting aimed bullets on a target faster with the 5.45 is what you prefer over a barrier buster like the 7.62 than get what you like.