Saiga Barrel Threading


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rockheadd
June 6, 2011, 07:18 PM
What would seem to be a simple question seems to be more difficult than I thought. Been to Saiga12 forum and they dance around the question with other ideas...
Simply put: can a Saiga .233 barrel be threaded to the standard 1/14 LH without removing the FSB or any other parts by a reasonably competent gunsmith? All I want to do is install a standard ComBlock birdcage style. It seems like a pretty simple operation, but everyone keeps saying to remove the FSB and replace with a Bulgarian Threaded FSB, weld it on, or go with the DHP Clip-on, or on and on.
Thank you in advance

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jeeptim
June 6, 2011, 07:37 PM
Have a saiga 308 i want to do the same found a tool that you insert in your barrell bolt top and bottom threaded rod that the cutting tool screws down on the rod to get a square set of therades saiga fourm can point you to a rental.

dfariswheel
June 6, 2011, 08:27 PM
This depends on the size of the barrel.
If it's too big the muzzle would have to be turned down to the correct diameter.
Too small, and you'd have to try to make up an adapter.

If the muzzle is the right diameter, you can buy or sometimes rent a special barrel threading kit.
The kit includes a tapping die and a Thread Alignment Tool (TAT).

The alignment tool is a very near bore sized rod that fits into the muzzle and screws into the threading die. The TAT acts as a guide to keep the threads square with the bore.

Occasionally you can rent a threading kit on some of the gun forums, or you can buy one.
The actual threading process is not difficult as long as you pay attention to the details.
In addition to the die and TAT you'll need a die handle and some machinist thread cutting fluid.

Brownell's sell the kit. You'll need the die and a TAT. The AK-74 5.45x39 TAT will work:
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=5735/Product/AK_MUZZLE_BRAKE

How to thread the AK muzzle:

http://preciseinnovationsllc.com/threadinginstructions.htm

seanie!
June 6, 2011, 09:20 PM
Yes, you can have it done or do it yourself. Part of the sleeve around the barrel's muzzle end needs to be cut away, and then the barrel can be threaded. Any competent gunsmith should be able to do this, because I could do it on my own.

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