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Here's my dilemma

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by Polak, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Polak

    Polak (pō'lāk')

    Jan 13, 2008
    North Jersey
    I'm very interested in buying a Saiga as my first AK type rifle. I want to do a conversion on it.

    I want the 5.45x39 because ammo is almost half the price of 7.62x39, but low cap magazines (15 or less round) are impossible to find.

    The 7.62 would be $25 cheaper, and magazines (10 and 15 round) are easy to find.

    I don't know which one to get.

    5.45 = 11.1 cents per round
    7.62 = 22.0 cents per round
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
  2. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    Part of the AK mistique for me is the fact that it goes "bang" with monotonous regularity until the time comes to swap magazines, and the other part is slamming a .30 caliber slug into whatever you're shooting at. While nobody likes cheap practice more than me, the 7.62x39 is really pretty cheap. I would never fault anybody who chose the 5.45, but it isn't the right choice for me.

  3. 9mm +p+

    9mm +p+

    Mar 1, 2005
    Old Dominion
    Well said +1.
  4. vikingsoftpaw

    vikingsoftpaw DEPLORABLE ME!

    Aug 29, 2009
    Willoughby, Ohio USA
    I don't know if you will get into handloading. Components for the 7.62x29 are readily available. Not so with the 5.45. If you prefer the smaller bore consider an AK pattern in 5.56x45
  5. Polak

    Polak (pō'lāk')

    Jan 13, 2008
    North Jersey
    Definately no reloading.
  6. Nicoroshi

    Nicoroshi Avid Shooter

    Nov 14, 2008
    The liberal playground
    I kicked around the idea of building a 5.45 AK after building out 5 that shoot 7.62.
    After more thought on it I decided against it.
    When I want to shoot a smaller caliber I grab one of the AR's in 5.56 which IMHO trumps the 5.45 out of an AK pattern rifle in the accuracy department.
    I also like Plastic_Guy points out enjoy sending a .30 round at my target out of a semi-auto rifle.
    From a money standpoint feeding my AKs is still cheaper than feeding my ARs when I buy by the 1000.
    Fun plinkers for sure, and firing the round they were originally designed for.
  7. my762buzz


    Mar 21, 2007

    Which 15 rounders for 7.62x39 are you refering to?
  8. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    I have both, got the WASR first then converted a Saiga 5.45. I really can't say which caliber I'd rather have. Definitely go for a Saiga though, no romanian junk parts. It's a tossup that ends with the price of ammo for me. i've done my own testing between the two rounds and I think either will sufficiently take down a 160 lb target. The 7.62 does have an advantage in the concrete destroying dept.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2010
  9. javelinadave

    javelinadave Hebrew Hammer

    Aug 14, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Give it time. 5.45 will be the same price as 7.62x39 in no time. Get the bigger round.
  10. Polak

    Polak (pō'lāk')

    Jan 13, 2008
    North Jersey
    Well, I ordered the 5.45. I'm going to get the 7.62 in the near future.

    Too bad I have to wait a week or two because they're out of stock.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010