Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

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bruh44
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Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by bruh44 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:57 pm

I have a M78 that was a converted from 308 to 7.62x39 and then to auto by Hard Times Armory. They have a not so good reputation. I've had a lot of work done to this gun and it was running like a top. Now my barrel is done for. The rounds are getting stuck in the chamber. Does anyone have any knowledge about these guns here? I last heard there were at least six of these guns in registry. I've spoken online to two different owners of them and saw a third listed for sale. All of the owners and the dealer who had the third had very little knowledge of these guns. I'm hoping to find out where the barrel came from.
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Re: Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by Tom Doniphon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:48 pm

Is yours a milled receiver or stamped? Detailed pictures of the trunion area?

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Re: Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by AGG » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:57 am

I have seen the following: :D

5 stamped conversions (.308)
9 milled conversions (.308)- 1 converted from .308 to 7.62x39

PM me your full serial number and who did the conversion--- I can send you the information that I have. :wink:

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Re: Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by bruh44 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:02 am

It's milled. I don't have pictures. It's at my gunsmiths place so it'll be a while before I can get to it.
I'll send the SN soon.

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Re: Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by AGG » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:29 am

bruh44 wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:02 am
It's milled. I don't have pictures. It's at my gunsmiths place so it'll be a while before I can get to it.
I'll send the SN soon.
Thank you!!! :D

Tony

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Re: Valmet m78 conversion by Hard Times Armory

Post by Tom Doniphon » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:08 pm

What are your goals? Return it to .308? May be fasted cheapest solution depending on receiver work. Just buy a semi and put parts on it. If you want to stay with 7.62x39 I would consider if it is possible to use a new Bugarian RPK barrel. That may take some creative gunsmithing if the receiver end is too small for the threads.

Happy to help.

I have both in F/A .308 milled and stamped 7.62, both original not caliber converted. If you need to talk PM me for more contact info.

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