Fun with Gun ( a minor brag)


May 13, 2003, 12:34 PM
I have this Baikal (Russian) O/U double rifle in 308 Winchester/7.62X51. The price was modest but the performance is beyond reproach. The twin bbls have a thumbscrew arrangement whereby the lower bbl is moveable while the top bbl with the sights is fixed. I regulated it myself using 150 gr generic military surplus ball ammo. As delivered it was firing two separate groups about a foot vertically apart. By using the thumbscrew arrangement and judicious firing (about 100 rounds) I was able to get it to put them all into one group. I don't think they give you any directions with the gun but to a guy who likes to tinker, it's pretty obvious how you get the two bbls to shoot together. But some of the stuff works counter intuitive like when the clamp appears to be getting closer together the groups may actually be spreading so it is imperative to fire groups.

The first thing I learned is that, despite the fact that you want to shoot the lower bbl first because the front trigger controls the lower bbl and recoil is straighter, you need to get the fixed bbl shooting where the sights are looking. That consumed probably a box or two of cartridges before I realized that because I started to get the sights to look where the bottom was shooting. :o Once you are dead on target with the top bbl, then the bottom bbl can be adjusted to converge with the top.

The gun is a handy size with 24" bbls, yet the whole thing is only about a yard long. A bolt action with 24" bbl would be about a foot longer. It has double triggers: front shoots bottom; rear, top. The fixed sights are rudimentary but sturdy and adjustable for windage (back) and elevation (front). There is a standard Eastern Bloc dovetail for scope mounting atop the bbls.

Anybody who has the patience to tinker with something until it's right will enjoy this rifle, also, the person who wants something different. I've never seen another one on the range and everybody is impressed as he!! with it.

The gun is imported by EAA. Yes, the one with the cheesy ads (I just love them, anyway). Go get you one!

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May 13, 2003, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the report. Sounds like an interesting arrangement with the lower adjustable barrel.

BTW, in Africa the O/U double rifles are not as popular as the side-by-sides, because the O/U's have to be opened further to eject the cases and reload. If something with teeth is charging at you as you reload, every degree of opening counts, as it takes that much longer to slam it shut again! :D

May 13, 2003, 12:41 PM
Thanks, Preacherman. I was aware that the O/U was not favored for the Big 5 for the reason you mentioned. As I recall, Pondoro Taylor reported only Rigby made a stacked bbl double. This was back just after WWII when he wrote that. This will be just for soft skinned targets. :D

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