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Old 03-17-2010, 07:47   #1
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AK 7.62 x 54

I'm guessing that the reason AK's in the mosin caliber are not widely available is because the AK was designed to be able to shoot full auto and muzzle rise would be a problem. There are some in .308, so it should be feasible to chamber them in 7.62 x 54. They would probably sell well in the U.S. at least. A mag of 30 would be heavy, recoil probably stiff but mitigated somewhat by the gas action. I would probably buy one. Another reason would be that the 7.62 by 39 is plenty powerful for human targets and the AK was not designed as a hunting rifle. Guess I answered my own question as I am thinking about it.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:55   #2
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This is pretty close to what you are asking about.

http://www.apachearms.us/2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragunov_sniper_rifle
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:00   #3
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7.62 x 54

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There are a few but due to brain fade I forgot that the 54 is a rimmed cartridge. Duh, next I will be asking why glocks are not chambered in .38 special. Sorry about that, my post was a waste of print.
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Old 03-17-2010, 21:15   #4
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the dragunov uses a totally different action than the AK

It is much closer to a sks than an AK

the romanian PSL is a 54r AK, the yugo m76 is also an AK action firearm in a big caliber, 8mm mauser.
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Old 03-17-2010, 21:19   #5
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PSL is a long barreled 7.62x54 AK
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:32   #6
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The most cost effective way to have an AK on "steroids" would be to convert a Saiga .308. The downside is mags, however.
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Old 03-19-2010, 14:10   #7
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There are a few but due to brain fade I forgot that the 54 is a rimmed cartridge. Duh, next I will be asking why glocks are not chambered in .38 special. Sorry about that, my post was a waste of print.
Bingo. Soviet gun designers have been cursed with this round all these decades. It's not much of a problem with belt fed machine guns but even Dragunov couldn't design the magazine for his rifle. However, hi-cap double-column, box magazines in 7.62X54R do exist so they are certainly not outside the realm of possibility.
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