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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Thought I would toss a photo here.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Thanks

    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
    Rusty you're full of great info, I appreciate all of your posts

    The wife says I am full of something other then great info. Hopefully, Yashua willing, I will neve have to prove her wrong.

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  • Diesel
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    Rusty you're full of great info, I appreciate all of your posts

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Ooops

    I forgot the price. I bought my first one back in 1999 for $189.00. The 7.62 today will run you around $225. The 308 version about $50.00 more and the shotgun versions around the same. Genuine comblock scope rail is about $50.00 and the scope is crap, will run about $40.00. I did add a very nice Tapco recoil buffer for about $16.00 and the whole rifle is typical AK so really does need a trigger job. AK rifles all have crappy triggers. The recoil buffer makes the AK sound a lot less like a guy rolling a marble around in a pot, so the traditional "thwaaaaaap" sound is gone, but it keeps the bolt carrier from banging up against the receiver. The barrell will never wear out, as it is traditional Ruskie chrome lined. The barrell will outlive the rifle. Another fine characteristic of the AK is that it can be field stripped in less then 30 seconds, is simple enough that a 10 year old can work on them, and withstands dirt and grime better then any battle rifle on the market. The drawbacks?

    150 yards maximum with that round. 7.62x39 is a very short range round. The old vietnam movies of the sniper with an SKS or Klashnikov 500 yards away, shooting a guy in the knees, then hands is complete BS. I have managed to squeeze another 50 yards out of her with my reloads, but you have to be careful loading for this rifle. The 7.62 x 39 does not fire.308 projectiles. It fires .310 projectiles. Thus, you are limited to either loading the Hornady .311 123 grainers, or some of the very heavy 203 grain 303 brit slugs. Inversly, the mini-30 (a piece of junk in my opinion) has a .308 barrell. If you load .310's or shoot the Comblock surplus 7.62 x 39 stuff through it you are creating dangerous pressures, which can, and have in the past blow your receiver to smitherines.

    I guess that was my loading tip of the day.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Thanks.

    I have a few handguns, but a .40 is not one of them. I prefer revolvers. My survival revolver is a S&W model 686 6 shot. The old version. There are a few reasons. It will shoot 38 specials, 357 mags and even 38 S&W's. I have a great load. 4.1 grains of Bullseye, CCI 550 primer, and a 110 grain JHP slug all in a 38 case. I know, it is over the max, but you cannot pack enough powder in a 38 to blow out a 686.

    686's are stainless with adjustable sights and I have added a nice set of generic rubber grips. It has a 6" BBL and, while some think it is too long, it gives a good advatage at longer ranges. I will upload some photos in the next few days.

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  • das
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    Interesting gun you have there. I like it. What do they sell for?

    As for the .22/.410 combo rifle I think you have a good system there. I tried a Remington survival gun similar to yours but found the .22 was wildly innacurate due to being underslung from the shotgun with metal sights. Yours may be better.

    Good arsenal with the addition of a pistol in .40+ caliber.

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  • Rustyshakelford
    started a topic AK-47 Saiga

    AK-47 Saiga

    I posted some photos of one of my survival rifles in my profile. It is in the traditional 7.62 x 39 caliber and is a pretty decent, VERY affordable firearm. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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