New Saiga

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by M14sRock, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Several months ago I picked up a new Saiga 16" in 7.62x39. Did not fire it until yesterday.
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    This is a GREAT little carbine. I have several AK's, but never cared for them too much. The Saiga was surprisingly accurate, and could keep most shots on a 13.5"x7.5" steel plate at 400 yards even though the front sight post was several times wider than the target.

    The recoil was non-existent and muzzle flip was not an issue. Reliability was, of course, 100%. I was shooting some old Hungarian ammo (MFS) I bought in the 90's.

    I'm going to look for a narrower front sight blade. Might even spend the money for a picatinny railed gas tube replacement and try it out with an Aimpoint.

    For anyone wondering about the Saigas, I think you will find a lot to like. I will take off some of the sharp edges and do some other minor modifications to mine, then leave it alone. It is short, handy, accurate, reliable and just plain fun. I own a lot of guns, but think the Saiga will start getting a lot of use.
     
  2. canebrake

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    Good looking stick for eastern block.

    I am tiring of my WASR10 Romey.

    I do like the 7.62.
     

  3. M14sRock

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    You may want to check one of these out, Cane. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I prefer a semi-pistol grip to a full pistol grip on carbines, and this fits very well.

    And the price is super cheap. I may need to try one in .223 and .308, too.
     
  4. ta1588

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    That's a very nice looking rifle, I've been considering a saiga for myself lately. Also the WASR10, just depends on whats available when I have the $.
     
  5. Lupo

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    Nice looking rifle, just got they money to get one myself. I want mine in .223. but by any chance would anyone know. give or take how much it would be to move the trigger group,give or take.
    Sorry to kinda jack your thread.
     
  6. Lupo

    Lupo New Member

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    Any help on this question would be greatly appreciated.
     
  7. M14sRock

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    I'd post it in the gunsmithing section. I plan to leave mine as is, so have not tried the work. I'm told it is easy to do, though.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

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    Congrats M14,Those little Saiga's are a blast to shoot and pretty accurate. I've had a 223 Saiga for several years,and it is far more accurate than my old Mini 14.
    I'm with you on leaving them factory stock,all I've done to mine is put a scope on it.
     
  9. M14sRock

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    Did you use the side mount? I've been scouring the net looking for a replacement dust cover with a pic rail attached.

    Someone suggested the tech-sights for it and they look great, too.
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    How the heck do you even see at 400 yards? :eek:

    I need a scope for anything over 100 yards. You must have young eyes.

    I'm glad you like it. I was wondering about Saiga quality.
     
  11. M14sRock

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    I was blessed with excellent vision. I'm 43 now and it seems to get better every year. My sister has glasses about 5/8" thick and is legally blind without them. Go figure.

    Animals, especially, just pop out of the background when I'm in the woods. My hunting partner has never been able to understand how I do it. We have been hunting together for about 30 years now.

    But the Saiga is really a nice little carbine. And they are very affordable. Check one out if you get the chance.
     
  12. Txhillbilly

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    Yes,I used the side mount. It is the best one that I could find,the only thing I don't like about it is the scope sets too high. Here's a pic of it,I have changed the rings and scope since. I just had these setting around when I bought the mount and put it on the rifle.
     

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  13. M14sRock

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    The scope is way too high with the side mount, eh? I'll try to find a new dustcover with a rail. If not, no biggie. I like it the way it is.

    I played with the .308 Saiga yesterday and may need one of those, too.
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    It's not that high with the scope and rings that are on it now,but it is alot higher than I prefer. Someone gave me that old Bushnell Banner scope and the Xtra high rings that are in the picture. But I actually sighted it in at 100yrds with it set up like the photo,and it shot decent groups.Go Figure????
     
  15. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    It won't affect 100 yard group size. But the cheekweld is shot.
     
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    I use a DPH Arms Beryl style mount on my Arsenal, but for an EOTech. It's rock solid. I hear that the dust cover mounts have a lot of movement, and it makes sense. Hope this helps.
     
  19. M14sRock

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    Thanks. I'll check that one out.