View Full Version : Re barrel a rifle to 5.45X39...how costly?

Te Anau
April 16, 2008, 11:57 AM
If I were to stumble across a Remington or Savage with a bulged barrel or some other barrel issue,and could get it cheap,how much would it cost to re barrel it to the AK-74 round of 5.45X39?

April 16, 2008, 12:47 PM
There will be two main issues to deal with:
* The bolt face- head size on the 39mm rounds is smaller than the "standard" head size of .470" (30-06/308 size), so you would have to find a 223 Rem rifle and have a smith rework the bolt. Sounds moderately expensive.

* Bore size- 5.45X39 does not use a standard .224" bullet, it uses a .219" bullet IIRC. This means a custom barrel from someone who is willing to make a one-of-a-kind barrel. Sounds very expensive to me.

Perhaps the best option would be to buy a rifle in 7.62X39 (Rem 798 or CZ)and have it rebarreled to 22 Waldog or 22 PPC, which use the 39mm case but use a .224" bullet. Or just shoot it as a 7.62X39 and enjoy.

Te Anau
April 19, 2008, 08:58 AM
Sounds $$$$$!.Oh well.:)