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7.62 x 39 Top Three? #5271640 11/19/19 09:30 AM
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If you had to choose a carbine in 7.62 x 39 and the primary criteria were reliability and durability under sever use conditions, what would your top three choices be and why?

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Anything in original AK format. Tolerances are loose where precision is not required, and the healthy case taper means extraction is always a cinch. The AK/AR hybrids lose some in reliability that they gain slightly in accuracy. But at the yardages it was intended for, any AK should have little problem shooting minute-of-man accuracy.

I have an M&M AK and never had an issue.

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Norinco AK
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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: CCI] #5271673 11/19/19 10:02 AM
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Russian VEPR. Class above most other AK-47's. Reality check though, even a stamped receiver AK (Chinese, Bulgarian, etc...) should be a ok and cheap. VEPR previously mentioned is high quality.


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If you want the cream of the AK crop and are not wary of a $2600 price, the Rifle Dynamics build with the Sharps Bros. milled receiver not only keeps the legendary AK reliability but also adds sub-MOA accuracy.

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Originally Posted by SubieRubyRoo
If you want the cream of the AK crop


Buy an M1A match like I did for $1200.


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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5271885 11/19/19 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
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If you want the cream of the AK crop


Buy an M1A match like I did for $1200.


Hmmm.... isn't that a .30-06 ... not a 7.62 x 39?

An SKS used to great for as cheap as they USED TO BE.

A good AK-47 is better than an SKS in every way, and worth the extra money.


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Originally Posted by Linctex
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If you want the cream of the AK crop


Buy an M1A match like I did for $1200.


Hmmm.... isn't that a .30-06 ... not a 7.62 x 39?

An SKS used to great for as cheap as they USED TO BE.

A good AK-47 is better than an SKS in every way, and worth the extra money.


Love my SKS, but I am so glad I picked up a Saiga when they were 300 bucks. I converted it with nice parts and it is one heck of a rifle.


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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: SouthDakotaDad] #5272060 11/19/19 06:16 PM
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1) Chinese Polytech Legend (Chinese T56) - smoothest action and trigger of any AK47, durability and reliability are proven in the fields all over the World
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2) Finnish Valmet M62 - another high quality milled AK but with Finnish accuracy
similar to my M76 rifle but with a milled receiver and in 7.62x39...
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3) Bulgarian AKT-47 - a third milled receiver AK with durable polymer furniture and proven reliability around the World.
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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: CCI] #5272171 11/19/19 09:08 PM
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AK from a real factory with a warranty is the obvious choice. If an AK is built badly there ain't a whole lot you're going to do to fix it.

If 7.62x39 is a requirement, check out the Galil ACE made by IWI. Milled receiver AK with paint over parkerizing for a finish, plus it comes with tritium iron sights and is easy to mount optics on.

My current favorite 7.62x39 rifle is my vz58. It's lighter than an AK but softer shooting and it feels light and lively to handle. Proprietary mags are a downside though.

The AK and vz58 can mount optics with a side rail, but choices aren't as vast.

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The SA vz58 is a great choice! The ones that are currently in production feature a German made Lothar Walther barrel and accuracy is excellent. That should replace the Valmet in my top 3. smile


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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: CCI] #5272851 11/20/19 04:29 PM
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1)Zastava M70B1/M70AB2...1.5mm stamped reciever...more accurate non crome lined barrel
2) Valmet Rk62/M76...looks nice + in pair with russian version (if not better)
3) Galil Ace


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Re: 7.62 x 39 Top Three? [Re: Kamele0N] #5272954 11/20/19 06:14 PM
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Here's the SA vz58 rifle. These have great triggers because it's a striker fired design.

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Another interesting Czech rifle in 7.62x39 is the predecessor to the SA vz58, the SA vz52/57. These did have issues with cracked stocks, though, so it wouldn't make the top three for durability.
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