or Stamped ?
Below are comparisons between
the stamped and Milled receivers. Some of the information
was received from our contacts in Europe, and some as a result of direct testing.
Lancaster Milled , 4140
steel, heat treated to Rockwell C 44-46, Stamped Receiver No
Dac Spud. NDS-1 & NDS-3 ,Tested at 100 meters, 7.62 x 39
Wolf classic ammo, Full metal jacket.
The Milled receiver is
reported to be more accurate. Ten rifles of each type were
tested with the following equipment. Lancaster Milled
Receiver, 5 Polish and 5 Bulgarian rifles. The same mix of
rifles with stamped receivers were used. The
rifles were equipped with new US made Mossberg chrome lined barrels.
The milled receivers held a tighter
group by an average of .366 of an inch. The Milled did prove to be
more accurate, However, AK's are not target
rifles and the difference in accuracy is not significant.
A Stamped Rifle is about one
pound lighter then the milled Rifle.
There is no
significant difference in reliability between a milled and a
The moving parts in a milled rifle will show less part ware
However, thousands of rounds need
to be fired before there is any significant difference in wear
patterns. Part wear, especially with semi-auto rifles, is not a major
The higher cost of a
milled rifle is a result of the machine time
and equipment cost. Production
costs depend on the skill of the programmer, the
type of tooling and the
size and production capacity of the CNC machines .
Milled receiver tolerances
can be tighter
and the rifle will cycle smoother
then the stamped rifles with less flexing.
Which Rifle looks better?
This is a matter of taste, however, most of our customers prefer
the looks of a milled rifle.
Milled rifles have a higher
resale value. Depending on condition and other economic
factors, full cost recovery is possible when selling a
used milled rifle. Used stamped rifles usually sell
for less then original cost.
"Why are the modern AK Types built on stamped
receivers and not milled?" COST!. The milled
rifle was produced until a much cheaper but equally reliable stamped
model became available.
*The decision to purchase a milled rifle should not
be based on accuracy or reliability, there
just isn't enough difference. The look, resale and shooting
experience of the
milled rifle is its attraction.