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5 years 6 weeks ago, 9:54 AM

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Milled vs. Stamped

Can our gunsmiths please school me on the pros and cons of milled vs. stamped? I would assume a milled receiver would have tighter tolerances. Catfish's SGL20 has prompted this question as I may join the club as well. I was standardizing my toys on 308 caliber but haven't seen an AK variant chambered for this. Thanks.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 10:31 AM

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But I have seen both also. Stamped is cheaper and faster to produce in mass quantitiy, but I've always found milled to have fewer sharp edges and they just feel better. I know it's not really possible to "feel" quality (except boobies), but the milled AKs and SKSs I've handled just felt more solid than the stamped.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 10:56 AM

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like runaway said, stamped and cheaper and faster to produce in mass. Milled are generally heavier and stronger.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 11:32 AM

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 11:32 AM

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The milled is more accurate than the stamped, and has better stability. the stamp lacks this and is cheaper to build. Having said this even the 1.5mm stamped receivers are not as strong as the 1.6mm milled. But for the avid shooter it doesn't really matter.

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 2:33 PM

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they make saigas in .308... I'm sure someone could convert one to an AK (like catfish's 7.62x39). I'm not sure about the mag though

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 2:42 PM

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5 years 6 weeks ago, 6:43 PM

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AK Receivers

I like the looks and the strength of the milled receiver as far that goes.the sheetmetal receivers are alot easier for the home AK builder to work with since no welding is needed.I have a friend who builds sheetmetal receivers out of .065 thick sheet steel for that little extra rigidity.but with the thicker receiver comes the need for longer pins which require a welder and a lathe.as for a .308 AK variant Saiga makes a real nice one!

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