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Old 09-20-2008, 11:00 AM
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Question Looking for a single shot rifle in 5.45 x 39


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Anybody know of one? Thanks
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:20 PM
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Unless you have something specifically chambered I would doubt your going to find a commercial single shot rifle for this caliber. Perhaps you might find something in Europe where this is a military cartridge, but here in the US it's going to just be a custom rebarrel/rechamber job.

Even then if you plan on shooting the military rounds with the 70 grain bullets your going to have to have a barrel with a 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 twist to stabalize that heavy bullet and your back to a custom barrel. Another consideration is if you reload those heavy 5.45 bullets are fairly expensive compared to standard .224 diameter varmint bullets.

If your in the States you might just consider something like a Ruger #1 in 223. Perhaps you could give us a little more info on what your going to do with this rifle and we'd be better able to help you.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:00 AM
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Smile thanks for the reply

Ammo has just got so exspensive and this is about the most reasonable surplus ammo available now ($120 for 1000 if you shop around). Realisticly I would be using it for target shooting but might get lucky and do some varnent shooting one day. I am in the good old usa. Bet the ammo costs more in europe. Thanks for the reply I am afraid your reply was what I was thinking but I was just hoping I was wrong....
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:56 PM
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There was a bolt action imported but its going to be expensive. Its some kind of sniper rifle. About the cheapest in 5.45x39 is the Wasr 2, an AK variation. Century has it. The single stack magazine version would be the cheapest. I bought a Tantal for the ammo price.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:59 PM
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You might look at getting into reloading. Lee's Anniversary breach lock press kit is a hundred bucks at Midway, Add a couple set of Lee dies and your ready to go. Figure to save about 50-70 percent on ammo costs.
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:21 AM
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I was only able to find one bolt action rifle chambered in the 7.45X39 (22 Russian) it was made in Communist East Germany. It is no longer in production it was apparently a specialized sniper rile.

http://world.guns.ru/sniper/sn40-e.htm

I personally would go for the 5.6x45mm (223 Remington) you can get surplus ammo and a host of different rifles to chose from. The quality of much of the surplus 22 Russian I have examined is not very good, it is Berdan primed, with steel cases. It would be ok for plinking but not for reloading.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:26 AM
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Excellent responces, interesting rifle signalshifter. Surprising no one has put out a rifle to fill this void. Think the .223 and reloading is the way to go. Until someone catches on anyway and builds one....
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:40 AM
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Have you tried geting an Encore barrel custom chambered?
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:03 AM
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I am afraid I know nothing of encore barrels. Care to elaborate?
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:24 PM
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There are several custom barrels makers SSK, Eabco, MGM, Dave Van Horn, TC Arm custom shop,Bullberry, Gary Reeder and the list goes on.
Any way the Encore action is from TC Arms. It is a break action with an exposed hammer, with the ability to have a pistol barrel, shotgun barrel, rifle Barrel, and muzzle loading barrels interchangable. But make sure that you don't put a pistol length barrel with the rifle stock combination BATF doesn't like that.
You need to go to TC Arms website and check them out.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:57 AM
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Smile Oh Thompson Center...

They make great guns. Years ago I had one of there 30 30 pistols. Won lots of bets with it. It would consistantly hit a milk jug at 200 yards with the sbt's I used in my reloads and a leupold scope. Loved that gun. Wish I still had it. But I think thats getting a little to pricy for what I had in mind. Thanks for the imput though...
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:00 PM
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What about NEF (New England Firearms)? They chambered one in 7.62x39 but as to 5.45x39 I don't know. Factory new rifles used to be less than $250.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:37 AM
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How about a bolt gun? You can find some East German Border Guards 'sniper' rifles in 5.45x39, if you look around. Not many were imported and they are expensive because of it. http://www.cds-ehrenreich.de/waffen/...4-04/w8075.jpg
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:59 AM
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Wierd, I replied to the last couple posts yesterday and it is gone now so I will try again. I checked NEF (Harrington Richards) And they don't chamber this calliber. To bad they make a nice simple single shot, or used to anyway. Looked all over for the bolt gun and found some info on it but no guns. And what I read makes me believe the would be extremely expensive if I did find one. Thanks gentleman, Think its a .223 or reloading to get around this quandry....
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:43 AM
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Here's an outfit that can barrel and chamber ruger #1's in about any caliber you want and also builds it's own falling block single shots. Inexpensive they are not.

http://www.eabco.com/

My suggestion would be to get a Stevens 200 bolt gun or a Savage in 223 if your looking for inexpensive and accurate. That tied to a good Cabela's Pine Ridge scope gets you a lot of gun for the money. You also might check the used racks at gun stores or pawn shops. most of the rifles in my safe started out life belonging to someone else that seemed to have a desire for something else.

From what I've seen of the NEF's and Rossi single shots your better off spending your money elsewhere if really good accuracy is your goal.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:52 PM
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About the only source for 5.45X39 ammo is non-reloadable surplus, most of it being corosive. Quality control varies widely on the 5.45 military ammunition you would be very lucky to have 2MOA groups with any gun due to the ammo quality. For that reason I couldn't see why any manufacturer would chamber a single shot rifle in that caliber.
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Old 10-02-2008, 05:12 PM
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I think Signalshifter hit on the best answer to your problem. You can get a very good inexpensive single shot rifle from NEF. I don't know if they are still called NEF since they were bought out by Remington. I doubt you will find a single shot rifle in the russian .22 in this country. That would leave you with no other choice but to abandon the idea or, be willing to shell a LOT of money for a custom model.
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:41 PM
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One thing you could do os to get a rifle in the 22 PPC this is a match cartridge that is loosely based on the 22 Russian cartridge. The 22 PPC is chambered in all kinds of rifles. You would loose the military surplus 5.56 ammo but you would have a rifle close to what you wanted to begin with.
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