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AK ammo

Post by toad » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:36 pm

I've been having "boys and their toys" moments, Has the availability and price of 7.62 X 39 mm ammo in soft point or hollow point gotten any better ?

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Re: AK ammo

Post by Netpackrat » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:56 pm

I wasn't aware that it was ever really a problem. BTW, stay away from the imported steel case hollow point ammo; it causes problems in some AKs and it doesn't expand anyway.
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Re: AK ammo

Post by toad » Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:24 pm

Thanks.

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Re: AK ammo

Post by toad » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:01 am

Well I found a ffl dealer that was taking firearm deliveries and decided to go with a skanky old Chinese type 56 from Classic arms. I can afford the price and the cab ride to the store. I've been trying to find Hornady ammo with the shock tip but I haven't been having any luck. I am going to try the dealer for some ammo. J & G sales shows stripper clips , and I found a cleaning kit for one on Amazon. Classic is a least showing their SKS with a cleaning rod. I really dread getting 50 year old grease out and off. I'll try Amazon for a couple of cans of WD-40 . I haven't tried to search for Lapua yet since I just know it will be high dollar.

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Re: AK ammo

Post by Netpackrat » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:18 am

Most of the stripper clips you can find now are Chinese garbage. If you buy enough of them you can probably sort out enough that will work OK. For steel case ammo, get the Golden Tiger FMJ from SG Ammo. The Hornady ammo is generally OK but in my bolt action I have gotten best accuracy results from the Federal JSP that comes in the blue boxes, Lapua FMJ, and the Winchester JSP that comes in the silver boxes, in that order. Hornady Zombie Max was 4th in my testing and it all turns into a shit show accuracy wise from there. There was a 5th place brass case load that was OK but I forget exactly what it was... Lots of accuracy testing info in my CZ527 thread here.

FWIW most of the brass case ammo other than what I mentioned grouped no better from my rifle than Wolf etc. The Golden Tiger was clearly the best of the steel case, but that's kind of a low bar.
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Re: AK ammo

Post by toad » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:41 am

Sigh, everybody seems to be on back order or out, Grumble , Grumble. I may go for a lee hand loader, a cheap electric scale and a trickler. Stand buy for an explosion in Dallas.

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Re: AK ammo

Post by Netpackrat » Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:23 am

Dunno what to tell you. SG Ammo is letting me add Golden Tiger to the cart, and I see they have other stuff specifically listed as out of stock, so maybe worth a try:

https://www.sgammo.com/product/golden-t ... ssian-ammo

I see that JG Sales is listing Brown Bear in stock but for more money. I'd rather have the GT anyway.
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Re: AK ammo

Post by MiddleAgedKen » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:53 pm

toad wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:01 am
(snip) Classic is a least showing their SKS with a cleaning rod. I really dread getting 50 year old grease out and off. I'll try Amazon for a couple of cans of WD-40 .(snip)
I used cheapo brake cleaner (about a whole can) to decosmo a Mosin M38 once. Worked pretty well.
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Re: AK ammo

Post by Langenator » Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:32 pm

Back about 15 years ago, when there were a ton of cheap C&R rifles coming in from Russia and Yugoslavia, I used mineral spirits. Do need to be careful, though, because if you over do it, you can leach the stain out of the stock.
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Re: AK ammo

Post by HTRN » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:14 am

My Yugo 48a was decosmod by strpping the actuon out of the stock, and throwing it in a heated parts cleaner full of diesel fuel overnight,

Worked well.
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