07-02-2012, 01:04 PM
This thread has me thinking that 6 days ago when I bought my Arsenal Ak-74 I should have gotten the AK-47 instead. Looks like I have an excus to buy an AK-47 now!!
07-03-2012, 11:05 AM
Good point, and something we don't discuss much. Most of us will not have the luxury of having a good group of hard tails to back us up when it's go time. For my uses, if I could only for some reason use ball ammo, (and I'm glad that is NOT the case) I'd probably go with 5.56. As long as I can buy and hoarde good sp ammo, the AK is the 1 for me and mine. The 7.62/39 in hornady/win/corbon/DT, is plenty accurate, and very destructive.
Originally Posted by Guantes
This is a topic I've spent a lot of time studying, in the last few years. (probably too much). User ability is still most important, but ammo choice is 2nd. As a side note it is not even legal to hunt big game in the US with a ball round from a rifle, because in fairness to the critter, the least they deserve is a clean quick kill.
Someone did a recent study of mostly handgun rounds, and found that multiple holes in the target is the most important thing, as far as stopping. Can't recall the source right now.
My main long gun cals are 7.62 NATO/5.56 NATO, and 7.62/39. I love the true battle rifle, (PTR 91), and it would bring a tear to my eye, if for some ungodly reason I could only keep 1 cal. but if that was the case it would be the AK's. I have 2. Mama prefers the M4, but will shoot the AK. She shot the PTR once and said, never again.
The 6.8 might be a near perfect round, but since it's not mainstream, it's really not practicle for several reasons. Besides 22 rimfire, Russian AK ammo is about as close as we can get to a bargain in ammo.
Last edited by William Carter; 07-03-2012 at 11:09 AM.