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Polak
03-05-2010, 16:01
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

PlasticGuy
03-05-2010, 16:50
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.

9mm +p+
03-05-2010, 18:10
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.

Well said +1.

vikingsoftpaw
03-06-2010, 00:09
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

Polak
03-06-2010, 08:53
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

Definately no reloading.

Nicoroshi
03-06-2010, 15:08
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.

my762buzz
03-06-2010, 18:50
(10 and 15 round) are easy to find.



Which 15 rounders for 7.62x39 are you refering to?

toshbar
03-07-2010, 15:10
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.

javelinadave
03-07-2010, 15:52
Give it time. 5.45 will be the same price as 7.62x39 in no time. Get the bigger round.

Polak
03-14-2010, 18:48
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.