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Old October 8th, 2011, 08:50 PM #1
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7.62x39 AR Upper...

I am considering putting a 7.62x39 upper on my AR. I was told recently, by a dealer, that it is not reliable. Only about 30% reliability if you can find the right combination of magazine and upper with bolt.

Anyone have any experience with this? Is he full of crap-o-la or is his input valid?

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I just traded mine away. it was one of my favorite AR in my collection and never had an issue with it.
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Son has one. It is reliable, if you don't use cheap surplus ammo.
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Were you talking with a fella at Chantilly today? I had a guy there tell me the same exact thing. I told him he was full of sh!t. The 7.62x39 upper works fine but sometimes has issues with hard military surplus primers. I've never had a problem shooting brass cased ammo.
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I've heard 7.62x39 uppers work well. I don't have one, never fired one.
My SIL has been looking for one to complete a build he's working on. Any sources you know of please let me know.
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Guy next to me at the range on Thursday had one and it would not fire two rounds without jamming. It did not look reliable to me. Everything I have read indicated there it too much taper in the cartridge to fit into a magazine that will feed in an AR. The AK mags are curved, but that curve is too severe for the AR magazine well. Look at another platform if you want to shoot 7.62x39; or look at another cartridge.

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I am getting into this game, my understanding is they can be reliable with the right combo of parts. Mags are of course, as with the AR platform in general, a huge weak spot, as there are not PMAGs for 7.62.

I have an upper (kies) but havent had a chance to try it, but am impressed with the build quality.
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Were you talking with a fella at Chantilly today? I had a guy there tell me the same exact thing. I told him he was full of sh!t. The 7.62x39 upper works fine but sometimes has issues with hard military surplus primers. I've never had a problem shooting brass cased ammo.
Yep, that is the guy. For some reason he is always rude to me when I stop by his booth. I ask a question and he asnwers like a prude then ignores me like i am not worth his time. To bad I had serious money to spend today. He has a good assortment of AR parts but is not someone I prefer to deal with because of his customer service skills seem lacking to me.

The only issue I ever heard about the 7.62 AR was the primer issue mentioned above there is a comapny tha makes an enhanced bolt that is suppose to eliminate that issue and allow you to run any ammo you would run in an AK.

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I am getting into this game, my understanding is they can be reliable with the right combo of parts. Mags are of course, as with the AR platform in general, a huge weak spot, as there are not PMAGs for 7.62.

I have an upper (kies) but havent had a chance to try it, but am impressed with the build quality.
I do not have an upper yet but for giggles I picked up two AR 7.62x39 C Products magazines today while down there. I use C Products for my AR 9mm and they are great. Have seen some good reviews about their mags so i thought I would give them a try.

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I do not have an upper yet but for giggles I picked up two AR 7.62x39 C Products magazines today while down there. I use C Products for my AR 9mm and they are great. Have seen some good reviews about their mags so i thought I would give them a try.

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I bought 2 today as well. Who'd you buy from? How much did you pay?
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